LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Kristi Haney

Position: Teacher's Aide / Bus Driver
School: Arnett Public Schools
School District: Arnett Public Schools
City, State: Arnett, OK

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Kristi Haney was nominated by her colleague, Nicki Gaisford.

Arnett Public Schools had the good fortune of hiring Kristi Haney four years ago as a teacher's aide for the special education teacher. Since that time, Ms. Haney has also served as an aide for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms, as a suburban route driver, and as a bus route driver. In addition, she is the representative for the International Exchange Student Program for her area, and she works as a janitor for her church.

“Kristi is the hardest worker I know," said Amy Miller, a colleague. "She is so kind, and I do not think the word ‘no’ is even in her vocabulary. If I ask her for help with anything, she immediately replies ‘of course!’ During our planning period, she goes and finds things to do and people to help. She is kind, giving, and a very special person!”

“Kristi will work above and beyond what she is asked to do," said Frankie Sharp, the special education director. "She is always positive, never negative, and never complains about a job. Most people have their bad days, but not Kristi. She is amazing, and we are so blessed and happy to have her at our school.”

Ms. Haney is married with three children of her own, but she has such a kind heart and love for all kids that she always has "extras" with her. She goes out of her way so many times to make sure kids get to go do things.

“She always makes sure my grandson gets everything he needs at school and helps him get everything on and off the bus," said Kathy Phillips, the grandparent of a student. "He had never gone anywhere with a stranger before, but Kristi took him under her wing the very first day of school, and he went with her and walked into the cafeteria...I can't say enough good things about her. She always goes out of her way for him. When I saw her in the grocery store the other day, she left her stuff and walked out to the car just to say hello to him.”

Ms. Haney recently welcomed an exchange student into her home. This student had to be removed from another situation because she had nowhere else to go. There have been several children who have come to school with torn up shoes and holes in them, but they have gone home with a brand-new pair because of Ms. Haney's giving nature. She also buys special treasures and incentives for the students she works with to encourage good behavior. She never turns away an opportunity to help a child, and the kids love her.

"Kristi is a LifeChanger because of her amazing ability to do every job with a smile, her love for all kids, and her positive example for all whom are fortunate enough to be around her," said Gaisford. "Throughout my most stressful times these past four years, I have always been able to count on Kristi to step up and ask what she can do to help. Sometimes it's making copies to cutting things out, reading with students, working with the whole class so I can get caught up on something else, sitting with a child who needs extra help paying attention, or following a difficult class wherever they go just in case the teacher needs assistance. She willingly gives up her free time without being asked simply because she loves our students, wants to see them succeed, and wants to help the teachers be the best they can be for our students."

“Kristi Haney is a positive influence in the lives of everyone she touches," said her superintendent, Tracy Kincannon. "Her work ethic and infectious personality never ceases to amaze those who know her.”

Comments (13)

Skyler Range Posted over a year ago

Kristi is a very nice lady at are school! She makes me smile all the time and I think she would love to have this award.

Andrea Holmes Posted over a year ago

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational. A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else, and that is exactly what she does. She believes in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. She believes that happy girls can be the prettiest girls. She believes that tomorrow is another day if everything thing seems wrong in a day. She is clothed in strength and dignity she really is one of the most amazing women I have ever met. I have seen her go through difficult situations and always know exactly what to do. Anyone who is her friend or even colleague are truly lucky and I couldn't think of anyone who deserves this more than this woman right here.

Shelli Robertson Posted over a year ago

I have known Kristi pretty much my whole life, since we started out in Kindergarten together, all the way through our high school graduation! And now her daughter is classmates with my daughter. I can attest that she has had the same happy go lucky, helpful, friendly personality her whole life! We are so lucky to have her in our school and community. Whether it’s at school, church, youth, bible school, or anywhere else she’s with the kids, she always goes above and beyond for them!

Kimberly Booth Posted over a year ago

Kristi is a positive influence for all the kids she helps every day. My girls love to be around her! She is such a hard worker and always has a smile and a kind word for everyone she meets.

Lindy Schuster Posted over a year ago

Kristi always has a smile on her face and a hug ready to share. Our school is a better place because of her hard working dedicated personality that she is willing to share with our school and community.

Amber Coykendall Posted over a year ago

Kristi is the bus driver for my 3 kids. They adore her! She greets them each morning with a smile. Also, she aids my daughter, Noah. Noah was very excited to go back to school after Christmas break to see Ms. Kristi. I enjoy running into Kristi at the post office, grocery store, and stock shows. We always have great conversation. She always carries a positive attitude. Something I truly admire about her! I’m glad our little community has been blessed with such an amazing woman.

Nelda Smith Posted over a year ago

Kristi Vincent Haney is one of the very best Special Education aides that any school could employ. I have known Kristi since she was in Kindergarten with my daughter. She has a wonderful personality, she's very hard working and would do anything to help educate the students. Kristi worked with me for two years before i retired. She is very knowledgeable in the areas of Special Education. Kristi is a very pleasant person and is one of the very best.

Alysha Ham Posted over a year ago

Kristi is an extremely hard worker. Anytime I need anything or someone to help me out, I know I can count on Kristi. She is very willing and eager to help anyone. I absolutely enjoy working with her! She always makes me feel welcome by greeting me with a smile and a big hello!

Tabitha McCartor Posted over a year ago

Ms Kristi is the absolute best. This is my son’s first year of school and Ms Kristi is his favorite. She has a heart of gold and always having fun and so loving with the kids. She is always so willing to help others with anything. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a negative comment come from Ms Kristi. She chooses to always see the good and be positive.Ms Kristi is a blessing to all the come in contact with her. Our school and my child is blessed to have her as their aide.

Cristal Woods Posted over a year ago

Kristi was one of the first people I met when I moved to Arnett! I am truly blessed to call her my friend! I work in the same class as she does, and she has the biggest heart! No child, or anyone for that matter, will ever be turned away, as long as she is able. She calls me almost every day to check on me, even though we work together every day. If I’m sick, she goes out of her way to make sure I have everything I could possibly need. She always has a smile, and an ear for everyone. She is just an amazing person, and I adore her!!

Elizabeth Dowler Posted over a year ago

Miss Kristi is amazing! She is always going out of her way to help others! She always make our student feel loved and appreciated! Personally she is such a blessing to my children and we are lucky to have her in our school and community!

Linda foreman Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, you deserve to go far

Nancy Vincent Posted over a year ago

Even though I am prejudice since I am her Mom. I am very proud of all her achievements. She is always more interested in the needs of everyone around her and not her own. I am very blessed to be a part of your exceptional bouncing personality. I am very proud of you. You are a True LifeChanger