In a ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, Elkview Middle School Principal Missy Lovejoy was awarded a 'LifeChanger of the Year' award in a surprise ceremony.
Lovejoy was selected as a LifeChanger of the Year winner out of more than 825 teachers, administrators and school district employees nominated for the award from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. She was nominated by former Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools, Lou Maynus.
In the nomination, Maynus said:
Over the course of her career, Lovejoy has represented what it means to be a LifeChanger. After a devastating flood nearly destroyed Elkview Middle School, she spent every day of the summer doing whatever she could to help. From moving damaged furniture and securing donations of clothes and other items, to simply being there for students and staff, Lovejoy went above and beyond. For many Elkview residents, especially those who lost their homes, she was the one person who represented hope.
Her work didn’t stop there. After a neighboring high school was destroyed, she welcomed its students into EMS with open arms. They attended her school for half a day, working through a year of craziness in such a way that there was a positive and supportive atmosphere. Every student in the school needed a safe place; many had lost their homes and everything they owned. Lovejoy worked day in and day out to provide for their needs and prepare the school for both middle and high school students. The atmosphere was one of constant hope and reserve.
“It was so important that the families and students could look to EMS as proof that their world wasn’t entirely upended,” said Rebecca Mandriola, a colleague. “Flood recovery continues, and our students will likely feel the impact for years to come. But, due in large part to Melissa Lovejoy, the community has a safe welcoming place for our students to strive to be their best. She simply won’t accept anything less.”
About LifeChanger of the Year
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.
LifeChanger of the Year nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, or any member of the school district's staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students.
Award winners are selected based on the following criteria: