The Valdosta Board of Education recognized an employee who was recently nominated for the 2022-23 National LifeChanger of the Year Award.
J.L. Lomax Elementary School counselor Regina Kimbrough has been nominated for the 2022-23 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.
Kimbrough was nominated by her son, Aaron Graham, because of the endless ways she serves her community.
Along with her role as a school counselor, Kimbrough is the Parent Engagement Coordinator, Community Partner in Education Coordinator, PBIS Coach, a PR Coordinator, and a Leadership Team member.
Kimbrough works with a variety of people to ensure that her students, their families, and the staff have the resources they need to be successful. She works tirelessly in her community through the multiple organizations that she’s affiliated with. Even her positive emails have the ability to change the behavior of a student or get a staff member to smile.
"If I could put a label on all that she does in a day, it would be 'life-changing,'" said Graham.
“There's always a parent drying up their tears because they've been connected with a resource after talking to her, or a community partner who has a mentor after talking to her. Her work has a lifelong effect and makes a positive difference in peoples' lives."
About LifeChanger of the Year
Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Eighteen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2022-2023 school year. WInners will be notified beginning the first week in April 2023.
(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) Capstone Award Winner - This award is given to a nominee retiring at the end of the 2022-23 school year. The winner will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school or district.
(1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.
Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals, and will be announced in early 2023. 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 Regina Kimbrough’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.