Crandall High School English teacher Lezlie Bullard has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
The award is sponsored each year by the National Life Group Foundation and is designed to highlight the best K-12 educators and school district employees across the country.
Bullard was nominated by her principal Jeannia Dykman who said she made the nomination based on Bullard’s leadership in and out of the classroom.
“Mrs. Bullard has a heart of gold and she wants students to find their joy and overcome challenges,” Dyman said. “She has a stirring ability to make meaningful connections with people and impact them in a positive way that has altered their current course for the better. She is very deserving to be recognized as a LifeChanger of the Year.”
Bullard has been teaching English for 20 years at various levels including honors and advanced placement. She also makes regular presentations on topics including classroom management, creative lesson planning, curriculum development, standardized testing and special needs.
As a survivor of domestic abuse, Bullard says she is committed to helping students overcome adversity and find constructive ways to balance their mental health. After sharing one experience during her first few years of teaching, one of her students came forward about a similar situation. She was able to get him the help he needed.
“From that day forward, I have always been honest with my students about my sobriety, recovery and history with abuse,” Bullard said. “If I can help one student, I can help more. I will never apologize for being honest with my students, especially if it saves someone.”