Seventeen School District of Palm Beach County teachers have been nominated for 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year Awards, which recognize K-12 educators and employees whose excellence and leadership makes a difference in the lives of students.
Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. The following District educators were nominated by their students, colleagues, or parents:
• Heather Brace – Special Education/Autism teacher, Allamanda Elementary
• Sarah Cummings – English teacher, John I. Leonard High
• Seth Erstein – English teacher, Palm Beach Gardens High
• Paul Gaba – Debate Teacher/Coach, Wellington High
• Patrick Glover – Consultant, Conniston Middle
• James Gray – AVID/Social Science teacher, Santaluces Community High
• Angela-Brent Harris – Kindergarten teacher, Sunrise Park Elementary
• Janice Harris – Third Grade teacher, Panther Run Elementary
• Gwen Asia-Holley – Family and Consumer Science teacher, Glades Central Community High
• Andrea Kennedy – Science teacher, Congress Middle
• Trent Laubscher – English teacher, Wellington High
• Barbara Maimoni – Special Education teacher, Orchard View Elementary
• Patricia Nelson – K-12 teacher, Village Academy
• Michael Rebholtz – ESOL teacher, Heritage Elementary
• Joyce Rodriguez – Fourth Grade teacher, West Gate Elementary
• Christine Salehi – Fourth Grade teacher, Panther Run Elementary
• Nues Sartre – Music teacher, New Horizons Elementary
“As someone who has worked in Palm Beach for a while, I’m excited to see that so many of our educators are being celebrated as LifeChangers,” said Amanda Sorrell, a representative of ValuTeachers. “Getting to know each of these nominees, and helping to provide this recognition from LifeChanger of the Year is a true pleasure.”
“I’m honored to be working in a community where these kinds of educators exist,” said Thomas Ledbetter, another ValuTeachers representative. “Each and every one of these educators has worked incredibly hard to make a difference in the lives of students.”
During the last school year, Conniston Middle School science teacher Stephanie Killingsworth was named a LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize Finalist. She received $5,000 which yielded a $2,500 individual award and a $2,500 donation to her school.
Winners will be selected at the beginning of 2019. After nominations close at the end of this year, the national selection committee will review the nominees to determine the Top 15 LifeChangers, Spirit Award winner, Spotlight Award winner, and members of the Honor Roll.
The Spotlight Award winner will be surprised at their school in January 2019 with their award. All other winners will be surprised at their schools during Spring 2019. The top five Grand Prize finalists will be flown to Hawaii for the National LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize Ceremony, in May 2019. To view the LifeChanger of the Year profiles of nominees from Palm Beach County, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.lifechangeroftheyear.com.