Seymour Community School District Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

February 16th, 2018 – Seymour, WI – Rock Ledge Intermediate School secretary Jill Carey has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
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.
Carey was nominated by her former principal, Pete Kempen. She has served as secretary at Rock Ledge Intermediate School since its inception in 2008. She is a constant presence in the building, and her sense of humor, knowledge and adaptability make her an essential part of the team.
“She is the ‘Rock’ of Rock Ledge Intermediate. Her compassion and caring for students is unsurpassed.” Kempen said. “In a day and age when many kids need that extra touch, Ms. Carey is the one kids can rely on. To many people at our school, she is not only a LifeChanger of the Year, but for a lifetime.”
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 2017-2018 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 2017-2018, the award was given to Debra Santiago, who works as a secretary and bookkeeper in Orlando, FL. She received $5,000 to share with her school, Timber Lakes Elementary School.
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 spring 2018 in Bermuda, 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 Ms. Carey’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit