Meet the 2017-18 Life Changer of the Year

Brian Copes, pre-engineering teacher at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama, has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Growing up, Copes struggled with school until a technology teacher changed his perspective. This experience played a role in influencing his teaching style. As an educator, Copes has found success incorporating both project-based learning and service learning into his instruction.

Watch this short video to see how Brian is changing students’ lives.




“Brian exemplifies what it means to be a LifeChanger. His story is one of innovation and servant leadership,” said Mehran Assadi, Chairman, CEO and President of National Life Group. “The extraordinary work his students undertake – from developing prosthetic legs to building classrooms out of shipping containers–prepares them to live and work in a 21st century workforce. More importantly, each project he and his students work on has a greater purpose: to make the world a better place to live.”

Read the full press release.