Nicole Ehrhardt, third grade teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary School, was named a national LifeChanger of the Year award winner during a surprise ceremony held at the school. LifeChanger of the Year surprised Ehrhardt in her classroom in front of her students alongside her nominator and colleague Cody Bylsma, principal Sheila Wojnowski, district staff and Ehrhardt’s family.
Ehrhardt was selected as one of 18 award winners out of more than 850 nominations for K-12 school employees from across the country. She will receive a $3,000 prize, which will be awarded as a $1,500 individual prize and a $1,500 donation to her school.
Ehrhardt was recognized for her dedication to supporting her students, colleagues, and community. She has gone above and beyond on numerous occasions. When Hurricane Michael hit Panama City, Ehrhardt took it upon herself to ensure all of her students’ families had housing and other supplies. Ehrhardt is also a leader among her colleagues, from mentoring new teachers to spending her summer leading a team that developed a plan for reducing student discipline referrals.
LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 school district educators and employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. Each year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.