2018-04-11 / Front Page

CPS teacher honored as ‘life-changer’

BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


CPS Elementary teacher Michelle Campbell (center) displays her national Life Changer of the Year award and receives a giant card from her students congratulating her. Presenting the card (from left to right) are Cameron Saunders, Lucas Childers, Eli Price, and Trevor Klaty. 
Photo by Steven Kovac CPS Elementary teacher Michelle Campbell (center) displays her national Life Changer of the Year award and receives a giant card from her students congratulating her. Presenting the card (from left to right) are Cameron Saunders, Lucas Childers, Eli Price, and Trevor Klaty. Photo by Steven Kovac CARSONVILLE — CPS Elementary School teacher Michelle Campbell has been named a “Life Changer of the Year” for the 2017-18 school year.

The Carsonville-Port Sanilac teacher was one of 16 K-12 educators selected from a field of 825 nominees from across America.

The award, which carries with it a $3,000 prize, is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation. The prize money is to be shared with the winner’s school.

National Life Group is a financial and insurance services organization headquartered in Montpelier, Vermont.

Some of the criteria used in selecting the winners included the ability to make a difference in the lives of students; the ability to add to a positive atmosphere at the school; leadership at the school and district level; excellent professional performance; and a commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere.

The Foundation said that Campbell is being recognized for her use of hands-on, project-based learning in the classroom, and for creating a safe place where every student is valued and encouraged to take risks without fear of bullying.

Campbell was nominated by her principal, Jennifer Richmond, who told the News before the winners were announced, “Ms. Campbell has taken students who had previously been sent out of other classrooms for misbehavior and turned them into highly functioning, scientifically minded students…She has a proven track record of helping students grow, both academically and socially.”

Following Campbell’s selection as a winner of the award, Richmond said, “I am very proud to have Michelle as a teacher at CPS Elementary School. I am so glad that she has earned this award and that her hard work is being recognized.”

Richmond also told the News, “Michelle will get to choose what she does with the (prize) money she has earned. I am sure she will find a great way to spend the money that will benefit her classroom and encourage her students. She is always looking for new and interesting technologies.”

The award was presented to Campbell by Foundation representative Jay Dunlap at a surprise assembly held in her honor on Monday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

After the presentation, and amid the cheers of the assembled student body, faculty, family members, school board President Louise Blasius and CPS Superintendent James Stewart, Campbell commented to the News, “This is a little overwhelming. It was a complete surprise. I ask myself ‘How do I get picked for something like this and not the teacher next to me?’ I don’t feel like I’ve done anything special. Just doing my job.”

Describing Campbell to the News, Stewart said, “Michelle is one of the most inventive and dedicated teachers I have ever known. Every day she goes the extra mile for kids.”

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