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And the LifeChanger of the Year Award Goes to...

May 2021

In a virtual meeting on May 7, National Life Group honored Laurelwood Elementary School fourth grade teacher Lani Matsumura with a LifeChanger of the Year Award. The award was a big surprise for Matsumura who thought she was attending a regular staff meeting. 

Present on the call was her grade level and Laurelwood colleagues, National Life local representatives and national representatives, Vice Principal Paul Fuller, Principal Lori Rogers, Abram Agnew Founding Principal Shehnaz Wadhwania, and other district office staff members.

National Life Group shared that Matsumura was one of 20 educators chosen as a LifeChanger of the Year for 2021. She will receive a check for $2,500 and the school will receive a check for $2500.  

“Lani goes above and beyond in her 4th grade classroom,” said Rogers. “She supported her entire grade level by creating a weekly music club and she supports each student by individualizing their work. 

Matsumura is a natural leader and will be joining the team of staff at our new elementary school, Abram Agnew, when it opens in the fall.  

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing K-12 educators and school employees across the country. The program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. You can nominate your LifeChanger of the Year for 2021-2022 on the LifeChanger of the Year website.