LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Erin Breland

Position: Ninth/Tenth Grade Math Teacher
School: Poplarville High School
School District: Poplarville School District
City, State: Poplarville, MS

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Erin Breland was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

Ms. Breland goes above and beyond daily to help her students succeed. She has the biggest heart and is always making sure all students have what they need to feel included. She helps with a prom dress boutique at the school, runs a hygiene pantry, and helps with backpack buddies and First Priority. Ms. Breland is the perfect example of making a difference and being a leader. 



Comments (40)


Emily Sutton Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is an outstanding teacher. I do not even know where to start. She has always been so understanding and so helpful and quick to aid anyone in need. She is extremely supportive and has never turned her head to help someone. She deserves this award in my opinion. She also deserves a lot more. I thank my stars for having the opportunity to have her as a teacher. If you were to fall behind, she would always make sure to help you get back on track. She is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had.

Todd Smith Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is the epitome of the selfless teacher. She goes above and beyond for not only the students she teaches, but every single student who comes through Poplarville High School. She organizes a boutique of prom dresses for those students who couldn't afford a prom dress, she maintains a supply of hygiene products for those students who are unable to afford them, and she also organizes Back Pack Buddies to provide food for students in need. Most importantly, she provides for the spiritual health of our students through First Priority. I couldn't think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Mrs. Breland.

sarah rawls Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is the most caring and selfless teacher I know. She always makes sure every student is having the best day possible. I had her my freshmen year, and she always made sure that every student had their materials and so much more. Mrs. Breland is involved in so many school activities. She runs a homecoming/prom dress boutique for students who may be less fortunate. She also helps with backpack buddies, and even runs a pantry where students can get hygiene products. She is the perfect example of what a teacher should be. I always feel welcomed everyday in her class. She is the perfect example of a life changer of the year.

Sadie Martin Posted over a year ago

Mrs Erin Breland is by far the most supportive teacher at our small hometown school. She is always there when anyone needs to talk or just needs a friend. She teaches freshmen and shes the perfect person to help scared little freshman start out their high school career. She is so kind and puts every single student before herself. If you see her in the hallways, or cafeteria she always has a smile on her face and speaks to you. She is involved in so much throughout the school, she even started a new thing at our school that lets underprivileged girls come and borrow homecoming and prom dresses. She used the money out of her pocket to start up this outreach. She is always there for the other teachers as well. She always has anything anyone needs. She is just the perfect candidate to win Life Changer of the Year, because that's just what she is, a Life Changer.

Olivia Reid Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is by far the best teacher and person I have ever met. She's the type of teacher that will help you in any way possible, and the type of person who will always be there for you no matter the situation. I could not imagine what I would have done if I never would have met her. She has helped me overcome so many obstacles this far in life, she has helped me with any problems I had in class, and so much more. This world needs more people like her. I am so grateful for everything she has done for Poplarville High School. She is someone I look up to and strive to be like.

Abigail Short Posted over a year ago

Where do I start lol? Mrs. Breland is one of the best people I have came to known. She is so selfless and cares so much about people she is by far my favorite teacher in the school. She has been a role model in my life for three years now but a role model in my sisters life for a few years now she always talks to my sister and keeps in touch with her because she knows everything that we have been through. Mrs. Breland always puts everyone's needs before her own she has a pantry full of products like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face was and many more things she has this pantry because, not everyone can afford these things so she made it for people to come and get these products. She also has a prom and dress boutique for girls can not afford dresses can rent a dress for free. She is an inspiration to everyone around her she also, runs first priority which is a devotion on friday morning. She always makes people feel loved even if they are not in her class she goes out of her way to tell someone good morning with a smile on her face everyday. Overall, I think Mrs. Breland would be the best person for the life changer award thank you for everything you do for me and everyone else at the school!

Cassidy Cartwright Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is by far the most supportive and selfless teacher that has come through Poplarville High School. If anyone ever has a problem with anything, whether it's something with school or a more personal subject, she is the first person the students can run to. You can go to her with any problems and know that you will not be judged and that it will stay between you and her. She keeps a pantry full of hygiene products and food for kids that can't always afford it. Overall, I couldn't think of a better person to receive the Life Changer of the Year award.

Malley Bilbo Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is absolutely the most supportive teacher for these students at Poplarville High School. She goes above and beyond with her students and comes to work every single day with a goal to change at least one student's life each day. She makes students want to go above and beyond their goals and achieve new things everyday. Thank you Mrs. Breland for everything you do for your students.

Blaire Alexander Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is an amazing teacher. She has not only touched my life but many others. If anyone deserves to be recognized for reaching out to kids freshmen of high school to freshmen in college it would be ERIN BRELAND. The only wrong choice would be not picking her for TEACHER of the Year.

Hayley Saucier Posted over a year ago

I haven’t had Mrs. Breland as a teacher, but even I have seen and heard about the major positive effects she has on our school and the students who attend it. She is an amazing role model for those looking to make a change in people’s lives. Nobody has ever spoken anything other than good words about Mrs. Breland. She enlightens every day at PHS and deserves more than just recognition.

Jaycee Bridgers Posted over a year ago

I personally, could not think of anyone better to receive the Life Changer of The Year award. Mrs. Breland is part of many of the community services in our small town of Poplarville. If you hear about an act of community service, you can bet that Mrs. Breland has had a role in it. Whether in or out of school, Mrs. Breland always puts everyone else's needs above her own. She is an inspiration to everyone around her. She runs a prom/homecoming dress boutique where students who cannot afford a dress can rent a used dress for free. She also plays a huge roll in backpack buddies at our school. If these things alone aren't enough, Mrs. Breland runs First Priority, a devotion held every Friday before school, and she maintains a hygiene pantry that students can take items consisting of deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, and much more at no cost. Above all, she continues to have a beautiful smile that lightens up everyone's day. I can only pray that I become half as selfless and loving as she is.

Rachel Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is by far one of the most caring and selfless teachers around. She never fails to put others before herself, but she would never ask for anything in return. No matter the size of an issue, she will do her best to help resolve it. Mrs. Breland is an amazing person.

Janna Peterson Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is one of the most selfless people I know. She goes above and beyond for all of the students at PHS, not just the students she teaches. She makes sure her students know she loves them and would do just about anything for them. She is such a great teacher and made me enjoy math even though I struggled with math the previous year. She is so kind and a light for everyone. She is involved with the students and helps them get the things they need from food to prom dresses. There is no one more deserving than her!

Gabby Brown Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland helps everyone in any possible way she can. she always goes above and beyond for finding people dresses for prom or homecoming. She also has a pantry with things for those who can’t afford. She is the best choice for this!!

Leigh Lenoir Posted over a year ago

Ms. Erin is a perfect example of selflessness and putting others before herself. She is always finding ways to help those in need, whether it be students on our campus or those in the community. Even with a full schedule as a teacher and a family of her own she never fails to take time for the less fortunate. The lessons Ms. Breland is teaching our students goes far beyond academics- they are learning to be servants and stewards to those around them.

Taylor Posted over a year ago

I love you

Lana Bagley Posted over a year ago

Where do I even start? Mrs. Breland has been a role model in my life for about 3 years now. She taught me my freshman year of high school and never failed to make sure that I knew all of the material for the test and the state test. She encouraged me to get involved in clubs and be apart of the things that our high school offers. My sophomore year I became an officer for First Priority. First Priority is a club that is hosted every Friday morning and students come in to the classroom and we have a speaker come and give messages to the students. Mrs. Breland is the lady that is over it and makes sure everything comes together. She is someone that has always made students (whether they are her students or not) feel so loved and worth it. She is every students favorite teacher because of her actions to the students. Her prom dress boutique at the school allows girls that are incapable of buying a prom dress, to borrow one at no cost to wear to prom or homecoming. She has the hygiene pantry that has all things to help people that do not have access to buying them at home. She runs backpack buddies which gives students that are unable to have meals at home on the weekends free meals that will feed them throughout the weekend. She does so much for others and to make others feel so wanted. She is someone I have always looked up to and I hope to be like her when I get older.

Kaylee Pounds Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Breland is the best teacher I have ever had. She always has a beautiful smile on her face and it makes any bad day turn good. She is caring and kind. She always puts other before herself. She does so many amazing things for children that are less fortunate. Mrs. Breland made me go from not liking math to never wanting to leave her class. She is the most compassionate, caring, and selfless teachers that Poplarville High School has. She goes above and beyond in everything she does. When you feel like you have nobody to talk to Mrs. Breland is always there. I am so thankful that I am able to attend a school that has her as a teacher. She is a role model, counselor, friend, and teacher. She makes students actually enjoy going to school. She deserves the world and so much more!

Emili Pullen Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland was my teacher my freshman year. She was the best teacher I have ever had. She has such a kind soul and she is so caring. She always puts others before herself. She always cares for others and is always there for you. She is not only a wonderful teacher but she is an amazing leader for First Priority. Every Friday, Mrs. Breland opens her door up for any and every student and provides donuts for everyone and we meet and have either a speaker or a small devotion or something of that matter. She shows that God is living in her everyday. She has started so many projects and groups at our school to help everyone out-even when they cannot afford it. She cares for everyone. She is such a role model to me and to a lot other people. She deserves this award more than anyone else I know.

S.P. Posted over a year ago

This is an amazing woman right here! She has one of the biggest hearts that I have seen by far! She is a teacher, a volunteer and on top of that, a mother. She goes above and beyond her duties here at PHS. She has helped so many students in various ways. For example, when children are not able to eat she makes sure they have something. When girls have feminine accidents she gives out the items to help them out. Last but not least, she runs First Priority, which is a way that students are able to include their love for god in school on campus. Mrs. Breland genuinely cares about the students here, and she proves that everyday! Thank you so much Mrs. Breland we all love you and appreciate you. Her kindness radiates throughout the school. Her laugh is infectious, and I personally am so grateful for her.

Alaina Breland Posted over a year ago

I may be biased but I think my daughter in love is the best!! She always has a smile on her pretty face. She is a great wife to my son and an amazing mom to my granddaughters. She is a wonderful Christian role model to all she encounters. She goes above and beyond for her students and her heart hurts when one of them is hurting. I am so proud of her and the person she is.

Student Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Breland is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had she goes above and beyond to help me and my classmates even though we can be pretty hard to handle at times she keeps her cool and keeps going and goes out of the way to make sure we understand everything she’s so kind and makes sure we have everything we need even if we have it at home we just forgot it she’ll get it to us because she doesn’t want and of us at school to get bullied she treats all of the students like her own children and when we have questions about homework cause we weren’t able to finish it in class all we have to do is send her a picture of it and she’ll help us step by step and in the mornings before the bell rings for school if your there early and need help you can go to her classroom and she’ll help you in conclusion Mrs.Breland is one of the nicest most helpful and loving people I’ve met.

Nadilee Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Brelad deserves the world. She makes kids who dont have anything and just want to fail, gain love for themselves. She always puts the kids before herself. She also has cloths, food, shampoo, soap, etc for any child at Poplarville High school. She also does a dress "shop" at the school so everyone has a dress for free for homecoming and prom. She does not care whats going on she will stop what she is doing to make sure everyone has got what they need just as little as love to even making sure the kids at the school who dont have much have a christmas and thanksgiving.

Matt Will Posted over a year ago

I'll start with that Mrs. Breland is not a normal teacher. She's not a normal person nor mother. She makes an impact on anyone she comes in contact with including me. She is the definition of a life changer. She does everything she can everyday, every year to give all her students the best 8 months they have ever experienced. She has done no different to me. Sometimes she is the reason I enjoy coming to this school. And that sets her apart from every other teacher i've ever had. She always thinks of others than herself. Kindness and love is always spewing out of her. And is always a help to anyone in need. Mrs. Breland has been a life changer to me personally and continues to be every day.

Rayelin Davis Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland has changed the way I view teachers. I have always thought that teachers have one job, and that is to teach. But, when I met Mrs. Breland, I learned that teachers can be some of the most amazing and influential people and touch so many lives. She has the biggest heart EVER and has the capacity to care like no other. Math is my personal favorite subject, but Mrs. Breland took that to a whole new level. She has a toiletry pantry in her classroom and she does not judge ANYONE who needs something from it. She is so sweet, but if you make fun of someone less fortunate she will not hesitate to put you in your place. I have never met someone who is more Godly, loving, intelligent, humble, or as caring as Mrs. Breland. She deserves so much more than this award for everything she has done for so many people, but at least this award can be a start to recognizing her good works. I love you so much, Mrs. Breland!!!!!!

Anonymous Posted over a year ago

I am so thankful for Mrs Breland she is such a terrific person with a GREAT personality! She is one of the best people I know. When I have bad days she makes them great. I remember I was a shy and quiet kid in the beginning of the school year. Mrs. Breland and I talked about things that were going on at home and she really helped me through these tragic times. Especially in class, no matter how hard I tried to be sad all day she would never let me stay down and would always make my day. I was very depressed and sad from all the things going on at home and I talked to her for a whole period one day, she made my day I could not quit smiling and was just so so happy that day. Mrs. Erin Breland has truly made the biggest impact on my life this school year. She has this way of explaining things to not only help us with our math lessons, but to put a funny twist on it so we remember the tips and tricks. I truly love Mrs. Breland's class and she definitely deserves everything. When I found out about this award and nomination the first person that popped in my head was Mrs. Breland and I couldn't imagine any other teacher with this award. I'm gonna be so sad when I leave your class during Christmas break and especially at the end of the year.I always know I have someone to talk to. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the AMAZING impact you have had on my life.

anonymous Posted over a year ago

so i am a ninth grader in Mrs. Breland's 2nd period and i came to this school during a really traumatic time in my life. my parents had a very nasty divorce and i was in the middle of it. me and my mm eventually moved out and she is/was very sick when i started talking t Mrs. Breland. She has taught me so much and i am so grateful for every word she has ever spoken to me. she is my all time favorite teacher and my most stable role model. love you mrs. breland????

haley Posted over a year ago

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well, and that's what Mrs. Breland has taught me. Being generous isn’t even always about altruism – becoming more generous and compassionate will have real tangible benefits in your own life. Mrs. Breland is a perfect role model and an excellent example we love her so much.

Paige Wheat Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is a really great teacher. She gives good advice. She helps me when I need it. I've never been really good at math but she takes the time to help me and the rest of the students. I like how she has easier ways to do things.

Quanyquanquan Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is a kind and sweet lady. She has a kind heart and she can give you good advice for life and your situations in life. She will take up for you can help you get back up and when you're down. She is the one you can count on in rough situations. If you need someone to talk to you should come to her, you will leave her with a way much better thought than what you original thought. People always feel down and sad walk around with their head down. But their is the one person that is always around to brighten you're day and that is Mrs. Breland. She will be real thankful if you choose her.

Kim Jackson Posted over a year ago

Working with teenagers, sometimes they just need someone to listen that won't judge or correct. This is an example of how Mrs. Breland helps students change their life. Mrs. Breland is a great teacher, and she does alot of interactions with students and their needs, but overall, she listens to their heart's cry and gives them the love sometime that they are seeking for. What better way to change a life.

Michael Mills Posted over a year ago

MIs. Breland helped me win my brute whos with my mother to gith his backpack buddy sow it not just sitting there in the office.??????????

Anna barnett Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland has been nothing but salutary to my high school experience! Whenever I am having a bad or I need someone to talk to, I know that I always have someone that genuinely cares to talk to. Mrs. Breland is the prime example of a Godly woman. She will sacrifice anything just so that a student will be happy and feel wanted. She has helped provide hundreds of students with basic toiletry needs and food to bring home.

Carolyn Leonard Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Erin Breland is the sweetest teacher ever. When I first came to Poplarville she helped me through some rough times. She made an good impression when I first met her. I love her alot I see her as another mom.

Katie Davila Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Erin Breland has truly made the biggest impact on my life this school year. She has this way of explaining things to not only help us with our math lessons, but to put a funny twist on it so we remember the tips and tricks. I truly love Mrs. Breland's class and she definitely deserves everything.

Samaria Daniels Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is a really great teacher and motivator especially towards me. Usually, math is my sore subject but she really puts the fun in it and helps me understand. She's a really great teacher and person all in one. She's really changed the way I feel about algebra.

jania taylor Posted over a year ago

Ms.Erin is the best teacher I have had in my 14 years of school. I've always struggled with math until now she has made a huge impact in my life. I am so thankful for her. She has the world's best patience dealing with these students in her classes. She is one of my many role models I look up to to. She also has made me love math and has taught me to try and try again no matter what. She's a lovable funny amazing person wouldn't choose anyone else to get this reward than her.

Student Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is one of the most caring, considerate, and patient teachers I know. To some of us, she's like a mother figure and also a great role model. There is no other person I'd rather have to teach me than Mrs. Breland. That being said there is no other person I think deserves this award more than my amazing teacher Mrs. Erin Breland.

Jomyla Mcleod Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Breland is an amazing teacher. She always helps students in need no matter what. When she sees a student or child in need she is the first person there. When I found out about this award and nomination the first person that popped in my head was Mrs. Breland and I couldn't imagine any other teacher with this award.

Patsy Hughes Posted over a year ago

Erin Breland goes above and beyond for all of our students. She is constantly trying to make sure that all of our students have everything that they need to be successful- whether it’s food, clothing, or encouragement. She is also an excellent teacher and strives for excellence with her students. She is a great candidate for this award.