LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Cameron Prather

Position: Health and Physical Education Teacher
School: Ballard Hudson Middle School
School District: Bibb County School District
City, State: Macon, GA

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Cameron Prather was nominated by his mother, Cheryl Mattox.

Mr. Prather is a LifeChanger because of his continued dedication to the students, staff, and parents at Ballard Hudson Middle School. His mission has been to change the culture in his school, and he strives to make a difference in the students' lives in multiple ways.

Mr. Prather serves dual roles in his school: athletic director and head coach for football, baseball, and wrestling. He teaches his students athletic skills while instilling positive mindsets that will influence the students for life. Winning a game is great, but for Mr. Prather, winning in life is much more important. He has formed relationships with students and their parents. He will provide transportation for students whose parents cannot bring them to games. Mr. Prather will provide meals and haircuts for students. He also serves as a mentor, and the students trust him and respond positively to his leadership.

Mr. Prather continues to support and mentor students well into high school. He enlisted the assistance of another staff member to provide temporary guardianship for a student so that he could complete his school year when the family relocated out of state. He attends their sporting events and monitors their academics to ensure continued success.

Mr. Prather spends a tremendous amount of his time and effort with students while pursuing a master's degree, working full-time, and coaching. The staff at his school often call upon him to assist with students' behavior concerns due to his nurturing and caring attitude towards students. He was voted Teacher of the Year this past year, which further demonstrates his dedication and commitment to his school and community.

"Cameron continues to strive to improve the overall atmosphere and culture of his school," said Mattox. "He is a LifeChanger and role model to both students and teachers alike."

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