2015-2016 LifeChanger Award Winner: Annette Christiansen

Annette Christiansen is an English teacher at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, part of the Utica Public Schools in Sterling Heights, MI. She exemplifies what it means to be an exceptional teacher and has been a LifeChanger to her students.

On March 30th, we surprised Ms. Christiansen at a staff meeting to let her know that she won a LifeChanger Award this year! Ms. Christiansen will be receiving a $1,500 personal cash award, as well as a $1,500 donation to her school, Stevenson High School.

Ms. Christiansen makes her English courses dynamic and interactive by carefully selecting materials of interest to her students. She drives students to excel both academically and personally. She encourages students to learn from each other and to become more tolerant, understanding and open-minded about those who are different. She is willing to share personal triumphs and tragedies, and has been the source of strength to many students during difficult personal experiences. Many students report through various sounding boards and polls that she is the teacher who has influenced them the most.

Her dedication to the profession and her view that each student who passes through her classroom is her responsibility makes her able to fill many roles simultaneously. She is mother, coach, friend, confidante, advocate, drill sergeant, instructor and any other role needed for each student as he or she strives to accomplish personal goals. Ms. Christiansen exemplifies everything that makes a teacher such a valued member of the community.

To read the comments left for Ms. Christiansen, visit her nominee profile here.