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LifeChanger of the Year Nominee, Mrs. Renbarger

shellyMrs. Renbarger with her students. (Click image to zoom.)Elwood Community Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

January 6, 2016, Elwood, IN – Shelley Renbarger, physical education teacher at Elwood Intermediate School, has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Renbarger was nominated by a friend.

Renbarger emphasizes the importance of physical fitness in everything she does. She teaches and assesses children by the Indiana Physical Education standards, conducting pre- and post-testing for more than 400 children over a nine-week grading period. Renberger also writes quarterly reports for each student so families can keep up with their student’s progress.

“Her enthusiasm leaves lasting impressions on her students,” said a friend. “They develop positive attitudes about fitness that they carry into their adult lives.”

No matter the activity, Renbarger joins in the fun with a big smile on her face. She does her best to make sure students enjoy the activities and provides encouragement when they struggle.

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations. For 2015-2016, a total of 16 winners will be chosen by the selection committee to receive cash awards that are split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony.

Nominees must be full-time school employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:
  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere
  • Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level
  • A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards
Winners will be announced in spring 2016.

This year, a new prize, called the “LifeChanger Spirit Award,” will be given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for his or her nomination. Support can be demonstrated through positive comments on the nominee’s profile page, social media posts, and school and community recognition activities. A resource page with ideas for ways to celebrate nominees can be found at:


To view Ms. Renbarger’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit http://www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.

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