Red Clay Educators Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year
Eleven of our very own educators have been nominated for LifeChanger of the Year, a national program that recognizes educators for the positive difference they make in the lives of their students. We are so proud of these nominees, so please join us in congratulating them for this very worthy recognition!
To support their nominations—and maybe help them win the $10,000 National Grand Prize—click below to visit their profiles on the LifeChanger of the Year website and leave a comment about how they have changed lives in Red Clay.
Natalie Alexander, a third grade teacher at North Star Elementary School, was nominated by an anonymous parent of a student. "Mrs. Alexander has sparked curiosity, imagination, and love in her third grade students. She is calm, reassuring, and prepared in the worst of times during this pandemic."
Leah Faulkner, a second grade teacher at Linden Hill Elementary School, was nominated by Brooke Topor, the parent of a student. "Leah has made a huge difference for my daughter in a virtual school classroom. She is very patient with all the students and treats them like her own children. She is very calm and respectful, and she's always reminding the kids to be leaders and to be respectful."
Kelley Firko, President of the Red Clay Education Association and a kindergarten teacher at Richardson Park Elementary School, was nominated by her colleague, Ashley Jones. "She makes sure all of the students in her classroom and school feel comfortable, and she realizes the impact a safe environment has on student learning."
Irene Hairston, a middle school art teacher and PST Leader at Brandywine Springs School, was nominated by her colleague, Laura Bitzer. "She is the kind of teacher who students think about when they are adults because she made a difference in their lives."
Caroline Jeannette, a third grade teacher at Highlands Elementary School, was nominated by two students' relatives. "Ms. Jeannette has made virtual learning a positive, engaging experience. She cares so much about her students and keeping them on track with learning."
Equetta Jones, Assistant Principal at Highlands Elementary School, was nominated by Kourtney Word, the parent of a student. "I could write a book about the things she has done, not only for my family and I, but for other families and children."
Laura Martin, a first grade teacher at William Cooke Jr. Elementary School, was nominated by her colleague, Christine Saggese. "Mrs. Martin's passion for education is contagious and the true meaning of what teachers should aspire to be."
Jessica McCarthy, a kindergarten teacher at North Star Elementary School, was nominated by an anonymous colleague. "Her passion and dedication to the profession is unmatched. She returns each school year with a new drive and energy to engage our school’s youngest learners by seeking innovative ways to make learning matter."
Norine Seth, a paraprofessional at Highlands Elementary School, was nominated by an anonymous student. "Ms. Seth is the best! She goes above and beyond for all of her kids. She loves us and makes us feel special. I know she always has my back."
Nancy Smith, a mentor coordinator at Highlands Elementary School, was nominated by her colleague, Maryann McConnell. "Ms. Smith is an unsung hero at her small community school."
John Thompson, an eighth grade math teacher at Henry B. du Pont Middle School, was nominated by an anonymous student. "Mr. Thompson has taught our class really well, even through virtual learning. He is very helpful, offers help sessions, and always makes sure we know he's open if we need help with any of our work or with anything else."
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