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TISD Educator Sarah Broughton Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, 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.

Nominated by her friend and colleague Tina Niemann, Broughton showcases an ability to build supportive and long-lasting relationships with her students. Every year, Broughton invests a great deal of time and effort into fostering connections with students, colleagues, parents and friends.

“Among staff, Broughton is also known as a leader and sounding board for other teachers,” Niemann said.

A veteran teacher in Tomball ISD for 27 years, Broughton has been a team leader and has trained others in classroom management techniques. Dr. Lee Wright, Principal at Oakcrest Intermediate relies on her to be a sounding board and voice of reason.

“Ms. Broughton has been a foundational piece of the Oakcrest campus since it opened in 2015 and has been an integral part of the success of several campuses during her 27 year career here in Tomball ISD,” Wright said. “Her talent for delivering responsive instruction to her readers and writers in class is only matched by her passion for building relationships with each one as an individual.”

She is a reader herself and has the passion to instill that in others.

“When she reads to her students, which is a bucket-list item, she pours her heart out to create voices for each character and proper inflection for each word so the students are captivated by the story and want to read more. She wants to create lifelong readers who not only turn pages, but learn life lessons from the characters and the plot,” Wright noted.

Broughton strives to be better each year and to learn more as she inspires others to learn.

“Learning isn’t optional in Ms. B’s class – it is the expectation and she is relentless in her approach of educating the whole child, every one of them,” Wright said.”

More About the National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year.

  •         (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •         (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •         (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •         (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •         (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2018-19, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker). The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2019 in Hawaii, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.


Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an 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

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.

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


About Tomball Independent School District

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 16,000 students at 20 campuses.