GSSM Professor Dr. Carlanna Hendrick Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

January 21, 2016

Carlanna Hendrick, a history teacher at South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), 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.

Hendrick was nominated by a student.

Dr. Hendrick has inspired many students to love learning science and the humanities. She has been with GSSM since its founding in 1988, teaching history electives and multiple sections of A.P. U.S. History. Students are immersed in her history courses and become enchanted by the past, how people lived, their values as well as the progress of humanity. She encourages students to follow their passions. Her encouragement helps guide students through high school and beyond.

“Often, students can be found nestled in comfy chairs beside Roosevelt the teddy bear, chatting with Dr. Hendrick about their lives at GSSM, friends, hobbies and books” said a student.

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
To view Dr. Hendrick’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit

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