2015-2016 LifeChanger Award Winner: Sandie Shepherd

Sandie Shepherd is a maintenance worker for the Roseburg Public Schools in Roseburg, OR. Mrs. Shepherd is a hard worker who loves to help others and is always thinking of others before herself.

On March 18th, we surprised Mrs. Shepherd at a school assembly to let her know that she won a LifeChanger Award this year! Mrs. Shepherd will be receiving a $1,500 personal cash award, as well as a $1,500 donation to her school district, Roseburg Public Schools.

Sandie Shepherd is one of the maintenance workers in the largest school district in Douglas County, Oregon. She works at all twelve schools in the Roseburg School District. Mrs. Shepherd is a hard worker who loves to help others and is always thinking of others before herself. Anyone who knows her knows that she has a passion for her animals and family. She has no idea of the incredible difference she is making in the world!

Mrs. Shepherd and her husband, Tim, own a herd of buffalo, a camel, a bobcat, and a wallaroo. She likes to bring the animals to the schools and use them to help with events, fundraisers, and educational activities. Once a year, she brings the buffalo to Hucrest Elementary School to teach the students about the Native American lifestyle. She allows the kids to interact with the animals, shows them tricks and teaches them how to care for the animals. Her main goal is to educate the children – whether it’s about animals, Native American heritage, or just showing respect for everyone.

Mrs. Shepherd loves working with the rest of the maintenance crew. She shows her appreciation by making holiday dinners for them every year. Sometimes the district will have a work release inmate crew help the maintenance team. When this happens, she makes it a point to cook a nice meal for the inmate crew as well.

Sandie’s main goal is to educate the children — whether it’s about animals, Native American heritage, or showing respect for everyone. Sandie has a positive influence on the lives of many people in the community.

To read the comments left for Mrs. Shepherd, visit her nominee profile here.