Florence teacher nominated for national LifeChanger award
Robyn Heffernan, fifth grade teacher at Moore Intermediate School, has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the 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.
Heffernan was nominated by Susan Knight, a parent of a student. Heffernan is passionate about teaching and helping her students learn. She gives her all to educating her students, making her lessons unforgettable by bringing them alive. Even though it can be difficult to capture and hold the attention of fifth graders, she is able to do so. When students experience bad days, Heffernan helps them start each day with a clean slate. Her students know they are appreciated and cared for.
Struggling students want to do well because they know she wants them to be successful. “She is great at communicating with the students and with the parents” said Knight. Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations. For 2015-2016, a total of 16 winners will be chosen by the selection committee to receive cash awards that are split between the individual winner and their school.
The national grand prize award is $10,000. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony. Nominees must be full-time school 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 Winners will be announced in spring 2016.
This year, a new prize, called the “LifeChanger Spirit Award,” will be given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for his or her nomination. Support can be demonstrated through positive comments on the nominee’s profile page, social media posts, and school and community recognition activities. A resource page with ideas for ways to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/ showspirit/.