LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Yana Bourdelais

Position: Guidance Counselor
School: Highlands Ranch High School
School District: Douglas County School District
City, State: Highlands Ranch, CO

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Ms. Bourdelias was nominated a student who wishes to remain anonymous.

Ms. Bourdelais is the most genuine person that her nominator has ever had the pleasure of knowing. She demonstrates the highest ethical standards, and has a level of compassion and kindness that is rare. Rather than connecting with only the 300 students in her caseload on an individual level, she advocates for everyone at Highlands Ranch High School.

Two of Ms. Bourdelais’ most exceptional traits are her kind-hearted nature and her character. She has an open-door policy where students can stop by to talk, get extra help or recieve guidance. She goes beyond her day-to-day job responsibilities, as she helps students persevere, persist, and reach their potential.

Her nominator is not alone in their opinion. Students have stated that whenever they have a question to ask, they know Ms. Bourdelais will take the time to answer them or help them find resources. Her colleagues recognizing her talent for helping students, offering advice, and always making herself available. 

"Being named LifeChanger of the Year is a lofty distinction, but in our school and district, it is known that Ms. Bourdelais already has surpassed that expectation, raising the standards for the faculty at Highlands Ranch on and off hours and motivating and empowering everyone that meets her," her nominator said.



Comments (1)


Amy Larsen Posted over a year ago

Yana is a passionate advocate for her students. She does a great job of getting to know each and every one of them and will fight for what is right for students on her caseload. She also serves as our scholarship coordinator and coaches students as they apply and progress through the scholarship process.