Hart teacher nominated for national award.

January 18, 2016
Jensen - Contributed photo.

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HART —  Eric Jensen, seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher at Hart Middle School, has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the 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.

Jensen was nominated by colleague, Jake O’Brien.

“Colleagues of Jensen are impressed by his empathy for students and his steadfast professionalism,” states a press release from the foundation. “He is passionate about what he teaches. As a result, his students are able to easily retain what they are learning. He is caring, fair, consistent and organized. Everything in his classroom has a place and a function. This combination of qualities helps Jensen effectively move a student down the path of success.”

“He has all the qualities of an excellent teacher, colleague and community member” said O’Brien.

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations. For 2015-2016, a total of 16 winners will be chosen by the selection committee to receive cash awards that are split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony.

Nominees must be full-time school 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.

This year, a new prize, called the “LifeChanger Spirit Award,” will be given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for his or her nomination. Support can be demonstrated through positive comments on the nominee’s profile page, social media posts, and school and community recognition activities. A resource page with ideas for ways to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/showspirit/.

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

Winners will be announced in the spring.


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