I have recently been notified that I have been nominated for National Life Group’s 2017-18 Life Changer of the Year Award by one of my Degan families. I am honored and humbled by this nomination, but must acknowledge that is our students, staff and Degan Community who make this honor possible.
This award gives Degan another possible way to show the world what a great school we have of diverse populations that come together and value each other, collaborate, and solve problems in productive ways to grow and become better every day. Additionally, there is a monetary award. Personally, this award would assist me continuing my graduate studies. Doctoral school is an expensive endeavor and having a high school senior that is about to begin his own college pursuit, any amount helps. Additionally, depending on the level I might achieve, Degan could receive up to $5000 which would go a long way to purchase much-needed headphones for our students.
Judging is based not only on the nomination but also the comments on my Life Changer of the Year profile page:
I hope you might take a moment to go to this page and leave a comment, maybe it is the impact you have received through this blog, our collegial relationship in education, or things you have heard or seen about the great things going on at Degan. Your comments matter. Taking just a moment can have a huge impact on our campus and community to spread the greatness of Title I Schools and public education. I have recently been reading stories of how they have had nominees on the Today Show sharing their stories, and you know how I love to tell everyone Degan’s great story and advocating for Title 1 schools. You can also request support for me and for Degan by sharing this link on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Please use the #LCOY and the judging committee can see those posts as well.
Thank you again for your consideration and support. Being principal of Degan is the best job ever and my dream come true. I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.