Who can I nominate?
All K-12 public, private and charter school or school district employees are eligible for LifeChanger of the Year. Our LifeChangers are teachers, principals, administrators, nurses, custodians, cooks, librarians, bus drivers, parent liaisons, coaches, superintendents and counselors, just to name a few! They are the people in our schools who are making a positive difference for students.

When do nominations close?
Nominations for the 2016-17 LifeChanger of the Year Program close at midnight on January 1st, 2017.

When are the winners selected? When will they be notified?
After nominations close at the end of the year, the selection committee, comprised of past LifeChanger of the Year winners and education professionals, will review every nominee to determine the Top 15 LifeChangers and Spirit Award winner. In Spring 2017, we will be surprising winners at their schools with their awards. The top five Grand Prize finalists will be flown to the National LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize Ceremony, which will be held in April 2017 in Naples, FL.You can learn more about this past year’s winners on the 2015-2016 winners page.

Why is my LifeChanger not featured on the website?
Every nominee will be celebrated on this website. However, we manually review every nomination and edit them for spelling/grammatical mistakes and privacy, and this process can take a few days. When nomination volumes are high (i.e., during the holidays and towards the end of the nomination period), the review process can take up to seven business days. This is one reason why we recommend you submit your nomination sooner rather than later! We appreciate your patience and can’t wait to help you recognize your LifeChanger.

How can I support my LifeChanger?
There are many ways you can help us honor and recognize a LifeChanger. For example, you can visit your LifeChanger’s profile and leave a positive comment to tell them how they changed your life. Click here for more ideas!

Will comments posted on my LifeChanger’s profile increase their chances of winning?
Comments are a great way to tell your LifeChanger how much they mean to you, but they will also be taken into consideration by the selection committee as examples of the LifeChanger’s commitment to the following:

  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school’s atmosphere
  • A leader in his or her activities at the school and/or district level
  • A proven record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

What is the deadline for commenting on my LifeChanger's profile?
We do not have a set deadline. Although we surprise the winners at their schools from February-April, we never turn the comment feature off, and you can show your support at any time, even after the nomination period closes.

What is the difference between nominating someone and commenting on their profile?
Nominating a school employee or teacher in your community is a great way to thank them for the hard work they have done. When you nominate someone, they become eligible to win the LifeChanger of the Year award. If the LifeChanger in your life has not already been nominated, you can nominate them here!

We encourage anyone who knows your LifeChanger to leave comments on their profile as a way to show support, share a story, congratulate or thank them for the great work they are doing. Comments are moderated, but the majority are made public (read our comment policy here). Although the comments section is meant primarily as a way for the community to express their appreciation, the comments will also be considered by the selection committee as examples of your LifeChanger’s commitment to the selection criteria.

Can I nominate someone, even if they were already nominated?
Absolutely! You are allowed to nominate three educators per school year, and we welcome multiple nominations for the same individual. We also encourage you to comment on their profile so that others can see the impact your LifeChanger has made.

Please note that only one profile will be made for each LifeChanger. Our selection committee, however, will review every nomination submitted – including yours. We recognize that one nomination doesn’t always encapsulate every way that a LifeChanger is making a positive impact on students.

Why is my comment not showing up on a profile?
We review and approve each comment before it is posted to the website to ensure all comments are positive and supportive and to safeguard against spam. This website is a place for recognition, appreciation and encouragement. We reserve the right to edit, shorten and move or delete any comment at our discretion. It’s a manual process so please give us a business day or two to post your comment.

Will I, as a nominator, be notified if my LifeChanger is selected as a LifeChanger of the Year?
Yes! If your LifeChanger is selected as a LifeChanger of the Year we will notify you by email. We will also send you periodic updates, by email, throughout the award cycle. To help your LifeChanger become a LifeChanger of the Year, click here to learn how you can support their nomination.