SCUSD Teacher Gets Nomination for the LifeChanger of the Year Award

e-Connections Post Matsuyama

Congratulations to Matsuyama Elementary School sixth grade teacher Mike Mullen for his nomination for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award!

Mullen was nominated by his principal, Judy Montgomery, and is considered to be one of the cornerstones of the Matsuyama community. He consistently goes above and beyond the scope of his responsibilities as an educator, from teaching robotics after school to taking his students to volunteer at a facility for Alzheimer’s patients.

This year, Matsuyama experienced the tragic loss of a parent and colleague whose child was a student in Mr. Mullen’s class. He provided a safe environment for the child, made daily visits to intensive care, consoled her father and spent hours in the waiting area playing games with her siblings.

“His support for the family will continue, as that is how Mr. Mullen rolls,” Montgomery explained. “Leadership is action, and Mr. Mullen models leadership every day through his actions. I am honored to work with him.”

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.

Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018, the award was given to Debra Santiago, who works as a secretary and bookkeeper in Orlando, FL. She received $5,000 to share with her school, Timber Lakes Elementary School.

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 Mr. Mullen’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit: