Spring Forward with LifeChangers!

This is your monthly newsletter featuring our first 2017-18 winner announcement, more incredible LifeChangers, tips for engaging students, and inspiring #LCOY spirit

Hi everyone! We’re gearing up to surprise this year’s LifeChanger of the Year winners at their schools. As we prepare to celebrate all of our winners, please take a moment to catch up with us for a quick update.

This month’s newsletter includes:
•Tips and stories from a LifeChanger on reaching students through technology
•Our first 2017-18 Grand Prize finalist
•Creative #LCOY Spirit
•Profile on four awesome LifeChangers
•The Question of the Month


Meet Our First 2017-18 Grand Prize Finalist
Rev. James Davis
Bus Driver – Ware Shoals, SC


We surprised Rev. Davis at a Black History Month celebration last week with more than 500 people in attendance. Rev. Davis is a dedicated leader and mentor who has put tremendous efforts into helping local students stay in school. As one of five Grand Prize finalists, Rev. Davis will be attending the annual LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize ceremony in Bermuda this May. We will be announcing all of the remaining winners in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!

Read more about Rev. Davis

Leveraging Technology and Creativity in the Classroom

With so many challenges inside and outside the classroom, it’s inspiring to see the creative ways educators engage their students. LifeChanger Aga Cook recently shared her astonishing personal story with us, and offered tips to leverage technology, dedication and passion to benefit students.

Read Aga's Story

The amount of #LCOY spirit we’ve seen in the past month has been outstanding. Schools have been holding pep rallies, contests, parades and even nacho parties to support their LifeChangers! It’s always fun to see the creative ways communities rally together to celebrate so many deserving educators.

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, make sure to post about it using the hashtag #LCOY. We look forward to seeing all of the creative ways that your school community is celebrating your LifeChanger!

We’ll be announcing our Spirit Award winner in April.

Share Your Spirit


Jitske Miedema
Peoria, IL
Known to her students as Chef Jitty, she has transformed the culinary arts program at her school. Students prepare a diverse array of food to serve in the cafeteria and to the public. Her students’ food is known as “the best $5 lunch in town.” READ MORE

Woodrow Price
Vicksburg, MS
Mr. Price has become a respected mentor to many students and young men in Vicksburg. He recently started a program called Sherman Beauties and Beaus, where students dress up and build self esteem. He has also spearheaded local charity work over the holidays. READ MORE

Stephanie Killingsworth
West Palm Beach, FL
As a science teacher, Ms. Killingsworth has created extraordinary opportunities for her students. On one field trip, her students cleaned 250,000 lbs of plastic from the Florida coast. On other trips, they’ve gone shark tagging, and even traveled abroad. READ MORE

Logan Newman
Rochester, NY
Mr. Newman teaches his class of high school students the skills and responsibilities of an optician. He and his students have made over 1000 pairs of eyeglasses for elementary school children in need. Most of the students he’s helped had never been able to go to an eye doctor or access proper vision care.  READ MORE

LifeChangers come from many different roles. It takes teamwork and a caring community of educators and staff to help students succeed. Last year, we celebrated some amazing school secretaries and administrative staff with the LifeChanger Spotlight Award. This year, we’d love to have your thoughts.

What position do you think we should highlight for the 2018 Spotlight Award?

A) Custodian/Grounds Staff
B) Bus Drivers
C) Art/Music Teachers
D) Guidance Counselors
E) School Nurses
F) Principals
G) Other