February 5, 2019
Maine West Teacher Nominated for 2019 LifeChanger of the Year Award

Maine West High School special education and life skills teacher Jane Holper has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Holper was recognized as a LifeChanger for developing deep relationships with her students and advocating on their behalf. She understands the complexities of low incidence disabilities, but never allows them to dictate what a student can achieve. She acknowledges and celebrates each individual student’s strengths, their ability to achieve, and the value they add to the school community.

Holper works individually with students to manage negative emotions and behaviors. She also takes it upon herself to arrange for her students to attend school events such as football games, prom, and homecoming dances. She ensure her students aren’t excluded from the social aspects of high school.

“Ms. Holper always has a smile on her face and positive attitude, no matter what has happened or how rough the day has been”, said her nominator, who would like to remain anonymous. “Above all else, it is her love and respect for students that is something to be admired. It is contagious and has had an impact on the larger school community. Through her teaching and inclusive practices, the school community has learned from Ms. Holper and her students. Her impact has not only changed the lives of her students, but the lives of all that have the pleasure of working and interacting with them.”

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 individualLifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 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 2018-19, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker). 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 2019 in Hawaii, 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

To view Ms. Holper’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile visit