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Diboll ISD Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Diboll ISD Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

January 18th, 2019 – Diboll, TX – H.G. Temple Elementary School second grade ELA and social studies teacher Gina Hodges has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Hodges was nominated by her daughter, Lexi, for her creativity and kindness in the classroom. She has the ability to reach every student on an individual level using differentiated instruction, from singing and dancing the content, to coming up with mnemonics, to doing hands-on STEM time. Hodges also makes sure each student feels loved, important, or welcome in her classroom. She believes that each student can reach their full potential with love and guidance.

Hodges inspires her students to be good people, not only in the classroom, but in their communities as well. Every year, she takes them to local nursing homes to perform Christmas carols for residents and animal shelters to care for pets. This year, she started the Kind Kids Club, encouraging students to complete random acts of kindness throughout the year.

“She inspires me to be the best version of myself that I can be," said Lexi. "She has always supported me in everything I do, from coming to many recitals and plays, to always being proud of all my academic accomplishments, to supporting my decision to get my degree in education to become a teacher like her. From a young age, I can remember watching my mom teach, and thinking 'Wow, I want to be just like her. I want to be a teacher, too.'”

About LifeChanger of the Year

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.

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 2018-2019 school year.

· (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (4) 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.

· (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award 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.

· (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2018-19, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker). The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

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 April 2019 in Hawaii, 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

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