Liberty High School

Liberty High Teacher Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year

Jan 25, 2016

Travis McNair, English teacher at Frisco ISD's Liberty High School, has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

McNair was nominated by a student.

McNair shows his students that they can prosper in his AP English class, even in the first week of school. He speaks with his class in a way that makes them believe that they are just as capable of coming up with insightful analysis as he is. This makes class discussions flow naturally because every student’s ideas are valued. He challenges his students with difficult questions and honest criticism.

“When students were out of ideas and stuck in the middle of their essay, he encouraged them to set up appointments with him so that he could help each person individually,” said a student. “McNair knew exactly what to say to trigger the flow of fresh ideas.”

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations. For 2015-2016, a total of 16 winners will be chosen by the selection committee to receive cash awards that are split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony. 

Nominees must be full-time school employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere
  • Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level
  • A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

Winners will be announced in spring 2016.

This year, a new prize, called the “LifeChanger Spirit Award,” will be given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for his or her nomination. Support can be demonstrated through positive comments on the nominee’s profile page, social media posts, and school and community recognition activities. A resource page with ideas for ways to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/showspirit/.

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