Bryan Teacher Aaron Pearson Wins National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Posted on 03/28/2019
Aaron Pearson, National Life Group representatives, and Bryan Middle School Principal Dr. Suzanne Leake


Bryan Middle School teacher Aaron Pearson has been named a 2018-19 LifeChanger Award winner by the National Life Group. A Spectra teacher who works with students in the District’s gifted program, Pearson was presented with the award at a surprise school-wide assembly. “This award means a lot to me,” said Pearson, an FHC alumni. “It was great having my students, former students, and family all here. Hearing how I’ve impacted them just makes it all worthwhile, it’s why I do what I do. I love my job and my students, it just brings a big smile to my face.” The award includes a $1,500 individual cash award and a $1,500 donation to the school from National Life Group.

Aaron Pearson with familyPearson was nominated for the award by his students for his continuing support and for creating an inviting and stimulating classroom environment. “Before I came to his class, I was shy in public and didn’t feel needed,” one of his nominators said. “He showed us that it’s okay to be ourselves and that we are perfect just the way we are.” All of the great comments on Pearson’s LifeChanger of the Year nomination can be viewed on his nominee profile.

Principal Dr. Suzanne Leake understands the impact the former Bryan Teacher of the Year has on students. “Mr. Pearson is very deserving of such a prestigious award. Receiving this award reflects the impact Mr. Pearson has had on countless students, parents, colleagues and our community as a whole. He is a great example for our students. He guides them through challenging situations, celebrates successes with them, and listens when they just need an ear.  We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate Mr. Pearson!”

Bryan Middle School celebrates Aaron Pearson's recognitionOne of Pearson’s greatest strengths is his ability to build close relationships with students and serve as a mentor. In this role, he’s able to offer guidance and support, as he did when one of his nominators was struggling. "He was the only one who caught on and got help for me right away," the nominator said. "To this day, he still looks out for me. Even when his students graduate from his class, he makes it known that he is still there for them whenever they need him. My life has been forever changed by Mr. Pearson. He has done the same exact thing for hundreds of other students year after year. There is no one more deserving of this title than him.”

Joe Bousquet is the Senior Relationship Manager for National Life Group and traveled here from Vermont to present the award. “The award recognizes the outstanding work that these heroes do in Francis Howell and other districts around the country and the impact they have on students. It’s one of the highlights of my job to come to schools like Bryan Middle School and recognize great educators like Aaron Pearson.”

Reception for Aaron PearsonTo be considered for the award, nominees must

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students,
  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture, and pride,
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level,
  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence,
  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning,
  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards.

 LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals.

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