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Kirby School District Librarian nominated for award


jeannie yorkKirby School District librarian Jeannie York has been nominated for the 2016-2017 national LifeChanger of the Year award. 

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

York was nominated by Kirby Elementary School principal Dolores Cowart. 

“Mrs. York has touched the lives of thousands of students and makes life better for everyone she meets,” said Cowart. “If a student needs anything, she makes sure they get it. She is an amazing human being who does her job without fanfare, but her handiwork can be seen everywhere.” 

In addition to serving as a librarian, York teaches life skills classes and assists other teachers with their classroom needs. A former school counselor, York is also known throughout the school and community for her empathy. She has sponsored exchange students, taken in homeless students and visited families in times of sickness. 

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For 2016-2017, there will be a total of 15 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards. 

In addition, a 16th prize, the “National Spirit Award,” is given to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. 

Each winner will receive a cash award that is split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. 

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Naples, Fla. Winners will be announced in spring 2017. 

Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be school district employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria: 

  • 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 
  • Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level 
  • A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level 
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere 
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards 

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