Kirsten Nelson was nominated by her colleague, Niki Rapkowicz.
"Kirsten is one of the most unique and genuine people I know," said Rapkowicz. "She is kind, funny, professional and competent. She is admired and respected from all levels within this community."
Ms. Nelson is the face of her school. She is the first person parents, staff, and students see when they walk in the office. She has a welcoming, warm personality that she takes to another other level. Ms. Nelson genuinely cares about everyone who is a part of her school community. She remembers names, how parents/students are involved in the community, and fully contributes to the safe space of her school. If anyone were to use the word trust within the school, Ms. Nelson's name and face would come to everyone's mind.
Ms. Nelson wears many hats, from being a support on the crisis team and interacting with students who appear to be having a tough day, to participating with students in school activities. She is truly committed to her role at school, but is also full-heartedly committed to her community.
"Coming from a previous place that had core human kindness values as part of their company motto, I was pleasantly surprised that Kirsten naturally exuded these values," said Rapkowicz. "I noticed this from the moment I started working with her. Kirsten has a way of making you feel welcomed and comfortable from the minute you walk in the door."
"Kirsten deserves to be recognized everyday for just being who she is," said Rapkowicz. "I truly consider her a LifeChanger, not because she has superpowers or because she continuously goes above and beyond on both a personal and professional level. It's merely because all these qualities are natural to her, and she is so humble about the incredible person that she is. She makes you want to be a better person. To me, that's a LifeChanger! Simply put, there is nobody else like her, and she is without a doubt irreplaceable!"