Dean MS assistant principal nominated for LifeChanger of the Year

June 29, 2017

Dean Middle School Assistant Principal Derrick Crowder was nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
Dean Middle School Assistant Principal Derrick Crowder was nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

June 29, 2017—Dean Middle School Assistant Principal Derrick Crowder has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

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

Crowder was nominated by Marcia Lawson, a member of his community. Over the course of his career, Crowder has consistently given back to the community through his church ministry, and through collecting blankets, coats, shoes, sleeping bags and food for the homeless. He recently helped develop an architectural program for youth. 

“Mr. Crowder seeks to turn poor behavior into future possibilities,” said Lawson. “He has the same desire for every student that he has for his own children. He’s not only there and willing to help a student who needs his assistance, but he is also willing to provide staff members with information needed for career advancement.”

Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017-2018 school year:

  • one grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district;
  • four grand prize finalists will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district;
  • 10 LifeChanger award winners will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district;
  • one spirit award winner whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district; and
  • one spotlight award winner who works in a support role, such as a secretary, administrative assistant or office manager, will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district in fall 2017.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in spring 2018 in Bermuda, where the grand prize winner will be revealed.

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must:

  • make a positive impact in the lives of students;
  • enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride;
  • demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level;
  • possess a proven record of professional excellence;
  • show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning; and
  • adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards.

“I don't see myself as being special. I just strive to be a positive difference every day with every person I encounter,” Crowder said.

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

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