LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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John DeVolld

Position: Elementary Principal
School: Soldotna Montessori Charter School
School District: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
City, State: Soldotna, AK

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Patient, nurturing, kind, engaging, community-minded, and fair. These are all adjectives that parents, students, and staff members use to describe Mr. Devolld, also known as "Mr. D."

Mr. D's level of professionalism and positivity is unparalleled, even in the midst of very difficult circumstances.  He fully supports his staff, and his reputation for maintaining an exemplary level of moral and ethical standards is well-known in the district.  He makes sure his school family (which includes students, parents, and staff) understands how important they are to him. They are all contributors to the success of the school and the district, and everyone plays a role.

Mr. D makes sure his school instills the importance of being community-minded in all the students and staff.  Under his leadership, his school built and maintains a food pantry. His school has a community garden that students and staff plant, maintain, and use to feed citizens in the fall. His students and staff engage in community-service projects that involve visiting the local senior center and assisted-living homes, as well as volunteering at the local Food Bank.  

Mr. D's ability to make a difference in students' lives is evident by the number of graduates who come back to visit him and contact him once they have moved on to the next chapter in their lives. They are thankful for his nurturing kindness and interest in them as individuals, not merely students in his school.  They understand he cares for each one of them. To these many, many students, he is a LifeChanger.