Spreckels Elementary teacher nominated as a LifeChanger of the Year

Posted: Thursday, September 15th 2016

Irene Esper, fourth-grade teacher from Spreckels Elementary, nominated for 2016-17 Life Changer of the Year Award

Irene Esper, a fourth-grade teacher at Spreckels Elementary, has been nominated for a 2016–2017 LifeChanger of the Year Award. National Life Group’s LifeChanger of the Year is a nationwide program that annually recognizes individuals who make a positive difference in the lives of K–12 students. 

According to the anonymous person who nominated her, Ms. Esper is a life changer because she: “is a strong and loving teacher. She is so strong that while she battled cancer, she kept her students involved and used her ailment to teach her students tolerance, love, understanding and all other ‘curriculua.’”

Ms. Esper has taught at Spreckels for over a decade. A first generation college student, she has passed on her love of learning to many students. 

“She taught my son in fourth grade,” said Cindy Lazerson. “We did not know at the time that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, we just knew he was struggling and were doing our best to support him . . . [Ms. Esper’s] love, kindness, flexibility and ingenuity helped him to have one of his best years ever!”

The top 15 LifeChanger nominees receive cash awards and a matching donation for their schools, up to the $10,000 grand prize award. A committee of past award recipients will select the top candidates in the spring and surprise the winners at their schools. 

The 2016-2017 National LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize Ceremony will be held in April 2017 in Naples, Fla. 






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