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Educators Nominated National LifeChanger Award

BSSD Educators Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award
Posted on 02/07/2020
LifeChanger of the Year LogoFebruary 7, 2020 – Unalakleet, AK – Bering Strait School District employees BethAnn Miner, Monica Roe, and Lisa Villano have been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Miner, Roe, and Villano were nominated by district special education director Jessica Towarak.

Miner, a special education teacher at Anthony Andrews School, was recognized for her tireless dedication to provide the best services for her students. She constantly considers their greatest needs and how she can help them grow to their fullest potential. Every year, she presents at the Alaska Special Education Conference on one of her biggest passions, art integration in the classroom.


"Beth Ann Miner is a dedicated and competent special education professional, with the highest moral and ethical standards," said Towarak. "She is always seeking to improve programs and build capacity among her staff. She truly is impacting and affecting lives for the better."


Roe, a district physical therapist, was recognized for her advocacy for students. In her role, she travels all throughout the region on small bush planes to serve students with physical therapy needs. She always goes above and beyond to ensure that students are meeting their goals and easily creates connections with teachers, students, and families.


"She is fun and full of energy, always thinking creatively and outside-of-the-box, which is what we love about visits with her. Everything that she does is about the students and their families," said Towarak. "We are thankful for her dedicated service to the students of the Bering Strait School District."


Villano, an elementary special education teacher at Shishmaref School, was recognized for her supporting, encouraging, and celebrating her students. She is always seeking improvement for both herself and her students and has made substantial growth over the years. Villano was recently nominated to serve on the Council of Exceptional Children as the President of Alaska’s Chapter.


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.

(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 2019-20, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who has made a proven impact on school safety. 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 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 http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.


To view Miner, Roe, and Villanos’ LifeChanger of the Year nominee profiles, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.