Sonoran Trails Middle School social studies teacher Shannon Griffith has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Griffith was nominated by Sherlyn Halloran, a member of the community, for going above and beyond for her students. She spends countless hours before and after school working with them to help make sure they not only grow up in a healthy structured environment, but also play an active part in the local community.

Griffith also stays involved on her campus by stepping up to serve on various committees, including the Tech Cadre Leadership team, Personalized Learning Committee, and Teaming Planning Committee.

“I have seen Shannon in action,” said Halloran. “She exemplifies a true dedicated educator with excellence in the tireless hours she gives to her students, teachers, school and local community. She never asks for anything in return. Her wish list may consist of new books for her students in her English classes to read. She is changing the world, one student at a time.”

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 2019-2020 school year.
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 2020 in Florida, 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