North Ridge Elementary School second grade teacher Heidi Washington has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.


Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.


Washington has been teaching for over 16 years and was nominated by Darci Reggio, the parent of a student.


Reggio met her two years ago, when her oldest daughter had Washington as her second grade teacher.


“Mrs. Washington is known as the tech guru and assists other teachers with their newsletters and online class pages,” Reggio said. “She has taught me about the benefits of Twitter and using Google Hangouts for teachers to learn about some new techniques in classrooms.”


In the summer, Washington offers a technology class for elementary students who want to learn more about using apps. She also spends time as a volunteer coach for her daughter’s basketball and softball teams.


Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017-2018 school year.


· (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.


· (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.


· (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.


· (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.


· (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2017-2018, the award was given to Debra Santiago, who works as a secretary and bookkeeper in Orlando, FL. She received $5,000 to share with her school, Timber Lakes Elementary School.


Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in spring 2018 in Bermuda, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.


Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must


· Make a positive impact in the lives of students


· Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride


· Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level


· Possess a proven record of professional excellence


· Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning


· Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards


A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.


To view Mrs. Washington’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.