LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jennifer Pratt

Position: Alternative School Teacher
School: Houston Alternative School
School District: Chickasaw County School District
City, State: Houston, MS

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Jennifer Pratt received multiple nominations, who all wish to remain anonymous.  

"There are many qualities that make Ms. Jennifer Pratt a LifeChanger of the Year," explains one of her nominators. "She is the epitome of a teacher: terrific, encouraging, amazing, caring, hardworking, energetic, and really special! These are only a few words to describe Ms. Jennifer Pratt. She deserves to be recognized and honored because she is simply phenomenal."

"She teaches multi-grade levels for middle and high school at-risk students," explains another nominator. "She is an accomplished teacher that is incredibly thoughtful and well-spoken. She consistently combines her love and devotion for students with her fascination with teaching and learning every day. She enjoys teaching and is a lifelong learner. Her fascination with learning how (and watching) all students grow and learn is really impressive. She feels that the more she teaches, the more she wants to teach. She has been teaching in the same school district for almost 31 years, and she doesn't seem to grow weary or tired yet. It's inspiring that she still encompasses the heartfelt joy of teaching."       

She strives daily to guide students of all types and "unearth" each child's strengths and weaknesses so that she can provide guidance and assistance to either push them higher or get them up to speed. She is the first to get to school and the last to leave every day, whether rain or sunshine. She's a true change-maker and life-impactor as a teacher of at-risk students, as well as a dedicated and resourceful community member. She volunteers weekly to tutor students after school. She keeps close communications with parents and community stakeholders, whether face-to-face or via email and phone.

She knows exactly how to reach and teach every student in meaningful, relevant ways because she knows how to break through the academic and behavior challenges of all of her at-risk learners. She incorporates innovation into her teaching practices and knows precisely how to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges as an advocate for all students. Even more importantly, Ms. Pratt is a strong advocate for all students as she relentlessly seeks ways to motivate them. She demonstrates resourcefulness in teaching strategies and approaches, inspires students' interests, develops her learners' understanding of the subject areas taught, and challenges all learners across a diverse student population.

Moreover, her innovative, sleek teaching style fosters the development of students and encourages their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. She makes learning fun and meaningful. Ms. Pratt glows when she knows each student's lightbulb moment has sparked! Hands down, she has a proven track record as an integral part of the school climate and community.

"She goes the extra mile to ensure all students are engaged," explains another nominator. "Professional learning and improving educator practices are ways she put a spark in connecting the what, why, and how in her daily educational and instructional practices. Although Ms. Pratt teaches in a small rural town, she actively seeks and participates in professional development opportunities, thereby engaging in dynamic, high-energy forums that develop and enhance teaching and learning. Even more important is Ms. Pratt's tenacity to encourage thought-provoking conversations and lessons geared toward improving instructional practices within and outside the classroom."

Ms. Pratt's unparalleled professional learning and teaching experiences, coupled with an infinite plethora of profound knowledge and motivation, are genuine catalysts for her eagerness to help achieve all goals set by the school district. Whether in the classroom or community, Ms. Pratt makes a powerful, memorable impact. She unwittingly approaches all students from a place of compassion and love for each other, ourselves, and our communities. Ms. Pratt opens a whole new world each day as she takes time to listen to and believe in others, which is a crucial part of the life-changing and change-making process. 

"Without a doubt, I am convinced Ms. Jennifer Pratt is deserving of the LifeChanger of the Year Award," said one nominator. "Indeed, a choice of words is a choice of worlds, and I hope you'll choose "yes" by honoring and awarding the LifeChanger of the Year Award to an awesome well-deserving teacher, Ms. Jennifer Pratt."



Comments (27)


Katrice Powell-Thompson Posted 3 months ago

It takes a special, patient person to work with at risk youth to provide the love and care they desperately need and deserve. Keep up the good work! You definitely deserve the LifeChanger of the Year award.

Kendrick Brooks Posted 4 months ago

Keep up the great work that you do!

Kita Brown Posted 4 months ago

Jennifer deserves this award because she's passionate about teaching and helping others daily.

Baiden Baker Posted 4 months ago

It doesn't matter if she is my Mom or if she's a teacher. Either way it goes, and whatever role she is in, Ms. Jennifer Pratt will forever be a caring and loving lady. I am her son, and she is the best. Mom, thank you for your hard work and dedication both at home and in the classroom! I want the world to see who she really is and to recognize that she's still the most important thing in my world. The life lessons she has taught me will stay with me forever. Mom, thank you for those everlasting gifts. Love, Baiden, KK, and Serenity #LCOY

Curella Posted 4 months ago

Ms Pratt, you are doing an amazing job. We definitely need more people like you. Keep up the good work, and without doubt you deserve this award. God bless!

Tara Posted 4 months ago

Jennifer, when you decided to go into education I knew they were getting the best. You are the smartest most generous person I know. You go above and beyond for your family so I know you do the same for your student. Keep up the great work!!

Nekay Jones Posted 4 months ago

Amazing Job! Much Love & Support

Kristin Posted 4 months ago

Any teacher that goes above and beyond to show kids love and respect deserves this award! Teachers are one of the most impactful and influential people in the lives of children, this one in particular deserves the recognition!

Rebecca Robinson Posted 4 months ago

Thanks for being a life changer in the lives of others. We need more people like you. Continue to operate in the gift that God has given you.

Jesus Posted 4 months ago

A great and positive person she deserves to win the award.

Belinda Posted 4 months ago

A Prestigious award for a well deserving teacher. Such a big heart with lots of love and compassion to give to each and every student she crosses paths with.??

Sophia Parker Posted 4 months ago

A wonderful person,a very genuine lady..I love her to pieces

Leca Foard Posted 4 months ago

Congrats on your nomination. You deserve it.

Bishop Derrick Robinson Posted 4 months ago

Ms Pratt is absolutely amazing. She has a heart for her students. Its important having teachers who care about their students and Mr Pratt does. Keep up the amazing work!

Clarence McMillan Posted 4 months ago

We definitely need more like her.

Andrea Posted 4 months ago

Truly an amazing teacher with a great heart... Caring, loving, giving and selfless... always there to listen and to encourage students, family and friends. If anyone deserves this award it most definitely is Ms. Pratt.

Coach Rob Posted 4 months ago

To know Ms. Pratt is to love her and cherish her. The world needs more caring teachers like her. I’ve known her for many years and know she has a heart and spirit of gold. She gives her all and gives tirelessly. She is always a ball of energy and reminds me of the Energizer bunny—-she keeps going and going. She loves and treats her students as if they were her own sons and daughters. She daily reminds and shows at-risk kids in the Alternative School that they’re somebody important and provides the necessary tools to help them become successful. #LCOY

Ramona Farr Posted 4 months ago

#LCOY Jennifer Pratt is well deserving of the nomination of Lifesaver and Life Changer and has been an encourager to me. I have known Ms. Pratt for several years and I have been impressed that she never tires of giving to others. She encourages students and co-workers to make the best of every situation and to be determined to succeed. I have witnessed her calm, professional demeanor having a positive influence on the lives of students and faculty. Her smile brings a positive in situations that often seem stressful and her humility makes those around her feel confident.

Monica Wilson Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Pratt is a lifesaver and life changer! Just when students think all hope is lost, she is their bright beacon of light and hope! Her style of teaching and passion for teaching are unmatched! She deserves accolades! She makes learning a place and fun at the same time. She teaches students to never give up and how to face obstacles. Ms. Pratt makes students feel alive and special because of her wisdom and knowledge that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. She is truly crafted for a special reason and never loses sight of her profession. She knows how to teach and mold any student. And, specifically, she knows just how to remold students' fears into strength and courage to make them believe in their abilities. Thank you, Ms. Pratt, for giving your best! Thank you for being the best teacher ever!

Monica Wilson Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Pratt is a lifesaver and life changer! Just when students think all hope is lost, she is their bright beacon of light and hope! Her style of teaching and passion for teaching are unmatched! She deserves accolades! She makes learning a place and fun at the same time. She teaches students to never give up and how to face obstacles. Ms. Pratt makes students feel alive and special because of her wisdom and knowledge that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. She is truly crafted for a special reason and never loses sight of her profession. She knows how to teach and mold any student. And, specifically, she knows just how to remold students' fears into strength and courage to make them believe in their abilities. Thank you, Ms. Pratt, for giving your best! Thank you for being the best teacher ever!

Michelle Malone Posted 4 months ago

What can you say about someone you have known for almost 20 years. Jennifer Pratt is one of the finest educators I know. She and I worked together for several years, she always had a helping hand, or advice on certain aspects of my career in education. Jennifer, has supported me through tragedy, when I lost my mom in 2014. She is a one of a kind Individual, to know her, in all honesty is to love her. Getting to know her inside and out is worth the time.

Katonya Gathings Posted 4 months ago

Kiss your brain, Mrs. Pratt on the #LCOY nomination!!!! Mrs. Pratt is definitely worthy of the life changer award! She always have an uplifting word or phrase along with a smile during the car rider line. She is always the first to highlight others and to share her wealth of knowledge. Nothing is impossible because the word itself says I’m possible and that’s the energy Mrs. Pratt provides! The energy to change a life!

Simone W. Posted 4 months ago

Having someone like you to nurture and teach me has brought me so much joy. You are the best thing that has happened to me because you show everybody how much you care. Thank you!

Jui Londia Mosley Posted 4 months ago

Congratulations, Pratt! No one is more deserving of this award than she is. She is so sweet and caring to both her students and to her coworkers. She has shared so many resources over the years that have helped me grow as a teacher, and I enjoy seeing her beautiful smiling face every morning. I truly appreciate everything she has done to change my life.

Juliana GonZalez Posted 4 months ago

Jennifer pratt is the most kindhearted, smart, outgoing person, I know. She’s literally the person who changed my life! (My life changer!) I was in alternative school for three months and in those three months she changed my life. No one else gave me words of wisdom like she did, or looked out for me since I was considered a rebellious, lonely child at the time. At first when I started alternative school I thought it was going to be awful/horrible. But few weeks flew by and Mrs. Pratt little by little won my confidence. She never gave up on me! Next thing I know, My whole perspective about alternative school and life changed. Being required to go to alternative school wasn’t considered jail/punishment for me. It was considered a blessing because the whole experience changed my life perspective. That would have never happened without Mrs. Pratt! I will always be so thankful for her.

Sandra Porter Posted 4 months ago

I am happy to comment on Jennifer Pratt's nomination for #LCOY. Ms. Pratt is very influential in the lives of the students she teaches. She teaches not only academics but also teaches the students life skills; skills they will use out in the world. Ms. Pratt also teaches discipline, how to act and succeed in the world today. I believe that Ms. Pratt deserves this award for Life-Changer of the year. #LCOY

Sheniqua Thornton Posted 4 months ago

I meet Ms. Pratt 2021 school year . My son and I were having a rough time. As I got to know Ms. Pratt she reassured my son and I that everything would be okay. I want you to know that I love you (Ms. Pratt) and your words of encouragement are still with me thank you .