Lezlie Bullard named as nominee for Life Changer of the Year

Crandall High School English Teacher, Lezlie Bullard has been nominated for the National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Bullard was nominated by her principal, Jeannia Dykman, for her leadership in and out of the classroom. She has been teaching English for 20 years at various levels, including honors and Advanced Placement. Bullard is also a coach and presenter on topics including classroom management, creative lesson planning, curriculum development, standardized testing, and special needs.  

Bullard has served on numerous leadership committees, including principal advisory, campus improvement, student advocacy, AVID program, and Department Chair. Her leadership abilities, relationship-building skills, and master teacher qualities are undeniable.

As a survivor of domestic abuse, Bullard is committed to helping students overcome adversity and find constructive ways to balance their mental health. During her first couple of years of teaching, after sharing her experience, one of Bullard’s students came to her and revealed that the student was experiencing abuse at home. She was able to help the student get the help that was needed. “From that day forward, I have always been completely honest with my students regarding my sobriety, recovery, and history with abuse," said Bullard. "If I can help one student, I can help more. I will never apologize for being honest with my students, especially if it saves someone."

"Ms. Bullard has a heart of gold, and she wants students to find their joy and overcome challenges. She has a stirring ability to make meaningful connections with people and impact them in a positive way that has altered their current course for the better.," said Dykman. "She is very deserving to be recognized as a LifeChanger of the Year."

LifeChangerof the Year is 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 $10,000to be shared with their school/district.·        

(4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000to 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 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 

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