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EMES Teacher Nominated as Life Changer of the Year

Washington Central Supervisory Union Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award


January 31st, 2019 – East Montpelier, VT – East Montpelier Elementary School third grade teacher Beth Parker has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Parker was nominated by a parent, Brittany Perry, for helping students develop into well-rounded learners and people. She innately understands the developmental level of her students, both academically and socio-emotionally. This translates through the comprehensive learning opportunities she exposes her students to, including morning outdoor movement, yoga, flexible seating, perspective taking, and helping students understand and express their emotions.

Parker also encourages her students to serve their communities. During the devastation following Hurricane Harvey, her class partnered with a sister classroom in Texas, communicating with them and raising money for them.

"Mrs. Parker makes a positive difference in the lives of her students, family and colleagues. I, for one, know that when I drop my son to school, he will feel safe, loved and challenged," said Perry. "As a parent, I hope all children have the opportunity to have someone like Mrs. Parker in their lives."


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

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at

To view Mrs. Parker’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, visit