About LifeChanger

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes and rewards K-12 school district educators and employees from around the country who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Ten honorees are recognized annually and awarded with a personal cash prize and school donation.

In 2013-2014, we recognized ten amazing educators, including Grand Prize Winner, Betty Chandler, LifeChanger of the Year 2013-2014.

Nomination Procedure

Anyone, including school employees and administrators, may nominate educators and employees for the LifeChanger of the Year award. Students are also welcome to submit nominations, but need to have support from a teacher or administrator.


All K-12 education professionals and school district employees are eligible to participate. Nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, principals or any member of the school’s staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students. The LifeChanger of the Year will be awarded without regard to race, gender, religion, age, national origin or disability.


Nominations will close January 31st, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year. LifeChanger Winners will be announced in Spring 2015.


  • Grand Prize Winner: $10,000 cash award
    • $5,000 donation to school, $5,000 personal cash award
  • 1st Runner Up: $7,000 cash award
    • $3,500 donation to school, $3,500 personal cash award
  • 2nd Runner Up: $5,000 cash award 
    • $2,500 donation to school, $2,500 personal cash award
  • Seven LifeChangers: $3,000 cash award 
    • $1,500 donation to school, $1,500 personal cash award

Selection Criteria

A selection committee from National Life Group will review the nominees and determine the top 10 winners based on the following selection 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
  • 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

Click here for the LifeChanger of the Year Official Rules