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Northwest High School Counselor Nominated for National Award

Stacy KnernschieldCongratulations to Northwest High School counselor Stacy Knernschield, who has been nominated for the 2021-2022 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.

Knernschield was nominated by assistant principal, Dr. Amanda Berry, for going above and beyond to help students be their best selves. Knernschield helps students reach their full potential, not only while they're in high school, but afterwards, through her knowledge and experience with the post-graduation process. She works diligently to help students make good choices, not only with their academic classes, but decisions that could affect their mental well-being.

She has made wellness a priority for the students and staff at her school by spreading knowledge about mental health and showing a real commitment to helping her school community connect with resources they could use for help.

"Ms. Knernschield is a leader, an accountability partner, a power source, and a foundation. She makes a difference in the lives of countless students, each and every day,” Berry said. “If I tried to write a description for all that Stacy is, I would have to use words such as committed, conscientious, diligent, tireless, caring, compassionate, good-hearted, and kind."

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 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

Eighteen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2021-2022 school year. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals, and will be announced in early 2022. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees.