Craig Washington nominated for National LifeChanger Award
Southside Middle School principal Robert Craig Washington 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.
Washington was nominated by his spouse, Barbarette Washington. As principal of Southside Middle School, Washington has continuously worked to enhance the overall school curriculum and create successful opportunities for students.
He has implemented many programs, including the “Summer Bridge” program for students who are struggling to advance to the next grade level. Southside Middle School has received numerous awards, accolades, and acknowledgments under Washington’s leadership.
“Craig inspires and encourages others around him to think outside the box, envision the possibilities, strive for excellence, and to reach their fullest potential,” Barbarette said. “He strives to positively touch the lives of students, teachers, staff, and parents each day through his actions and words.”
Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017-2018 school year.
The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.
Grand prize finalists will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
Ten LifeChanger Award winners will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.
The Spirit Award winner is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
The Spotlight Award Winner is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2017-2018, the award was given to Debra Santiago, who works as a secretary and bookkeeper in Orlando, FL. She received $5,000 to share with her school, Timber Lakes Elementary School.
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
• Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards
A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear. com/showspirit/.
To view Washington’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.