LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Theresa Carr

Position: School Secretary
School: Valley School
School District: Valley School District #070
City, State: Valley, WA

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Theresa Carr was nominated by her principal, Todd Smith.

Ms. Carr has served as Valley School's secretary for 19 years. Her commitment to making sure everyone is taken care of, from students and staff, to parents and community members, is truly remarkable. Ms. Carr's utmost love is meeting the needs of the school's students. 

Over the years, she has set up and run programs that support students in need. This includes providing needed school supplies, supporting students when they become ill or injured, being extra vigilant in getting families enrolled for free and reduced meals, and ensuring children are taken care of during special events and holidays. Ms. Carr is also one of the first staff members who students see each day. She makes students feel special because she creates positive, loving connections with every student.

Ms. Carr not only serves as Valley School's secretary, but takes on other leadership roles for the district, as well. In addition to the many district-wide reports and programs she manages, she serves as the district's drama teacher. She produces and directs two performances each year that include students from various programs throughout the district. Through Ms. Carr's efforts, the afterschool extra-curricular program has allowed opportunities for hundreds of students to showcase and develop their talents and skills in ways that otherwise would go unnoticed.

Ms. Carr is also an integral part of the Valley Community. Under her organization and leadership, the Valley Fair continues to thrive and provide opportunities for youth to showcase livestock, cooking talents and craftsmanship right in their own neighborhood. Ms. Carr is the driving force that organizes the Valley Fair and encourages people from the community to volunteer and help. Each year, the fair contains a parade, fun run, arts, crafts and cooking entries and displays, fun booths, and live entertainment. Everything is made possible by Ms. Carr's guidance and leadership. 

Ms. Carr serves with the utmost integrity and commitment to excellence. She embraces everything her school does to improve the lives of students and families. This includes supporting in-voice and action programs at Valley School that are used for social emotional learning, core curriculum, and intervention programs. Ms. Carr picks plays for the drama production that align with what students are learning in their classrooms. It reinforces learning in a fun and exciting way. Her attention to detail and making sure that the school operates efficiently every day is unmatched.

"I nominate Theresa Carr for the LifeChanger of the Year Award because of her outstanding dedication and commitment to our students, staff, parents and community," Smith said. "She embraces and embodies what it means to help improve the lives of our students and families."

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Theresa Carr Posted over a year ago

Just a little more information about Theresa: Theresa has been a steadfast member of the Valley Community for many years, and her volunteerism in local organizations and dedication to the Valley School demonstrates the kind of community service Theresa was nominated for this award for. She has been a soccer coach, t-ball coach and Girl Scout Leader. In 1990, she was nominated as employee of the Year at St. Joseph’s Hospital and in 2000, she was Citizen of Year for the Valley Community and in 2004, she was Citizen of the Year for the Valley School. She is the Vice President of the Valley Fair Association, Secretary for the Valley Grange and Vice President of the Alter Society for Holy Ghost in Valley. Theresa and her husband have lived in the Valley area for over 50 years and have 6 beautiful children and 2 grandchildren. Theresa has been involved in community theater groups for over 30 years. For the last 15 years, she has coached the Valley students in many musical productions. She has had anywhere from 20 students to over 60 in her productions from the ages of 3 to 17 years of age. Her encouragement and enthusiasm shows her true commitment and leadership skills to the students within the community and the Valley School and for this reason, we nominate her for the Life Changer of the year Award.