Kicking Off 2018 with LifeChangers

Hi everybody! We hope your new year is off to a great start! As we get rolling in 2018, we’ve got lots of news to share, program updates and some amazing feature stories on some of our 2017-18 LifeChangers.


This month’s newsletter includes:

• A LifeChanger who is preparing students for the modern workforce
• A community rallying around their LifeChanger
• Meet this year’s Selection Committee
• Profiles on four inspirational LifeChangers
• The Question of the Month



Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workforce

We all know that our future depends on our children. And K-12 education is so important in determining how they will navigate in uncertain times. Here’s a great story from LifeChanger Julie Ahern, a second grade teacher at Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School in Waukegan, Illinois. When it comes to her students, she is all about the future.

Read Julie's Story



After putting together an awesome video nomination, David Collins‘ community has shown tremendous spirit in the past few weeks in support of his nomination. From reader boards to a twitter thread, they’ve gone above and beyond to rally behind him!



If you’re looking for more ideas to support your LifeChanger, we’ve got you covered. Click on the button below to get started! Whichever way you choose to celebrate your LifeChanger.

We will be announcing our Spirit Award winner in the coming months, so there’s still time to spread the word!

Show Your Spirit


Casey Bethel (Top Left), Dr. Erica Brownstein (Top Center), Martha Infante (Top Right)
Amy Lazarowicz (Bottom Left, Jay Porter (Bottom Center), Ana Rubio (Bottom Right)



This year, we’ve put together a group of former LifeChanger winners and higher education professionals to serve on this year’s LifeChanger of the Year Selection Committee! This group has recently started one of the most challenging parts of the program: identifying our LifeChanger of the year winners for the 2017-18 school year. Get to know more about our selection committee by visiting our website!

Check Out These LifeChangers:

Theresa Stellacci
New York, NY
Ms. Stellacci goes above and beyond for students with disabilities. She has brought Santa to her classroom, given presents to her students out of pocket and raised chickens for a science project. She even helped a student get involved in martial arts. READ MORE

Lauren Kennedy
Denham Springs, LA
Ms. Kennedy is an assistant principal who played an incredible role in helping her community recover from a major flood disaster. She cleaned up damaged homes, donated books, and welcomed people into her own home. She stepped up and made a huge difference. READ MORE

Brett Gaylord
Joaquin, TX
Mr. Gaylord is an awesome Agriculture teacher. During the week, Mr. Gaylord helps his students build hay rings, and barbecue pit trailers. On the weekends, he attends local shows with his students, helping them with their projects and show animals. READ MORE

Shenelle Dubose
St. Louis, MO
Ms. Dubose has had a tremendous impact on student achievement in her five years as principal. This year, she started a program called Genius Days, where students learn a variety of valuable skills, including coding, cooking, computer repair and sewing. READ MORE



Last month, we asked you to nominate a LifeChanger, and the response was overwhelming. You gave us countless inspiring stories about some amazing educators. Feel free to read their stories!


We know that winter weather can be challenging to deal with, especially when it causes school delays and cancellations. So this month, our question is simple. What do you do to handle stress at work?