LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Amaris Gayden

Position: Social Worker
School: Indian Bend Elementary School
School District: Paradise Valley Unified School District
City, State: Phoenix, AZ

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Amaris Gayden was nominated by her colleague, Demetria Schweizer.

Ms. Gayden is a LifeChanger! She has a gift that gives all students hope, love, and a way to see a bright future for themselves. Every day, Ms. Gayden serves underpriviledged, high poverty, low income families in a Title I School in Phoenix, AZ. She makes time for students who need extra guidance, provides services for families, and genuinely cares about the well being of all students, proving her ability to make a difference in students' lives. Ms. Gayden promotes "restorative justice" which allows students to make better choices and find a positive way to interact with each other.  She is committed to finding a way to connect with each student and staff member, demonstrating her constant professionalism, dedication to social justice and excellent leadership.

"Amaris truly is a LifeChanger and a blessing to have at our school," said Schweizer.



Comments (2)


Kevin Jones Posted 10 months ago

I met Amaris over a year ago while she was a social work intern for Byron, Illinois school district a year ago when I provided restorative practices training for their administrators and support staff. She is such a kind loving wonderful person who cares so much about people. Expecially people who need extra supports to be successful. I am so proud of her nomination. I’ll been sending positive thoughts and prayers her way. Good luck tomorrow ????

Thera Posted 11 months ago

Proud of you sister! Keep up the good work!