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CVUSD Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Westlake High School's Environmental Science Teacher Receives Nomination

Westlake High School environmental science teacher Jennifer Boyd has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Boyd was nominated by a student, Grant. She teaches by example, whether she's packing zero waste lunches, using recycled paper for quizzes or leading campus cleanups. Her work has had a tremendous influence on campus and has helped Westlake High become a more environmentally-friendly school. Students can be found recycling, using reusable water bottles and being more conscious of the natural world around them.

“Mrs. Boyd is one of the most valuable teachers one could meet, hands down,” said Grant. “I’ve never had a teacher who changed my lifestyle choices or perception of the world this drastically. Every day, I notice ways to live a more eco-friendly life, and I have an outlet to help me do so: Mrs. Boyd’s class.”

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For 2016-2017, there will be a total of 15 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards. In addition, a 16th prize, the “National Spirit Award,” is given to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. Each winner will receive a cash award that is split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Naples, Florida. Winners will be announced in Spring 2017.

Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be school district employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

·  A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students

·  An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere

·  Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level

·  A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level

·  A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere

·  Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

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