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Dr. William Clay

Position: Professional School Counselor
School: Kenmoor Middle School
School District: Prince George's County Public Schools
City, State: Landover, MD

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Dr. William Clay was nominated by Tiffany Spalding, his colleague.

Dr. William "Flip" Clay is one of the world's most dynamic, life-changing professional school counselors. He has a passion for changing lives. In the last 20 years, Dr. Clay has changed so many lives that his work reached the halls of the United States Supreme Court.

"Dr. Clay has changed so many lives, he should change his name to Dr. 'Life-Changing' Clay," said Spalding.

He created "Men of Ardmore," a data-driven elementary male empowerment program consisting of 55 young boys. This program reduced school suspensions by 80% and increased academic proficiency by 75% across three years. The program was so successful that it was featured on the Steve Harvey Morning Show with WHUR 96.3 Howard University.

One parent wrote, "You have no idea how much I appreciate you. You helped my son turn the corner during a time when he could easily go the other way. Thank you for making school feel like a family, not an institution."

A former program participant also wrote, "I would say the program played a big part in me becoming the young man I am today. The program made me realize I was headed in the wrong direction." 

Dr. Clay is life-changing. A former student wrote, "I remember going to District Heights Elementary School and being such an angry child due to the abuse and neglect I was experiencing at home, but it was those times that I remember speaking with you that made me feel better. I do not think I ever came out and told you the reality of my life, but even if it was for 30 minutes, you allowed me to breathe. Before this time here on earth is up, I want to say thank you. I appreciate all you have done for me and others."

During his tenure at Charles Carroll Middle School, Dr. Clay implemented three life-changing programs: Charles Carroll Tell 'Em, Men of Carroll, and Women of Carroll.

Charles Carroll Tell'Em was a life-changing Glee Club made up of African American and Latino-American students. During Hispanic Heritage Month, they created a "Hip Hop Video" depicting the life of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. After completing the video and sending it, Justice Sotomayor accepted the invitation to visit the school. Charles Carroll Middle School was the first educational institution she visited as a Supreme Court Justice. It was a life-changing experience for the school and parents who met Justice Sotomayor, especially for Latino-American students. After her visit, Dr. Clay received correspondence stating, "Mr. Clay, thank you for being such an extraordinary role model and leader."

Women of Carroll was a young girls' empowerment group consisting of middle school students who needed hope, resilience, and encouragement to deal with various issues. These young girls dealt with fatherlessness, abuse, self-harm, and low self-esteem. One student wrote, "Thank you for being one of the greatest role models. Thank you for helping me with my troubles; you have changed my life. I have always looked at the bad side, but because of you, I try to look at the good side no matter what. You are the best guidance counselor ever to live. You have not only changed my life, but you have also changed others, and we are grateful. Thank you for being the best person to change our lives and believing in me when I could not believe it myself."

The Men of Carroll was life-changing. This program met every Monday. This space allowed young boys a safe, confidential place to release years of trauma. The stories, tears, and testimonies were life-changing.

Dr. Clay has served his community by working with youth and parents. He has donated countless hours to various churches, non-profits, and community organizations. His impact has been featured in the Washington Post and on various Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland news stations. Dr. Clay continues to change lives and was recently awarded the 2023 Minority Public Educator of the Year in the State of Maryland. His passion, creativity, innovation, and dedication to students are remarkable. Dr. Clay brings light to a dark place. Dr. Clay has been their hope when they felt hopeless. He has been a lifesaver when they needed life-changing guidance.

"He is more than a LifeChanger. He is a life-giver who keeps on giving and changing lives," said Spalding.

Below is a list of Dr. Clay's professional accomplishments:

  • 2010 United States Supreme Court Special Recognition
  • 2012 National Marcus Forster Distinguished Educator of the Year
  • 2012 Metropolitan Baltimore Educator of the Year  
  • 2012 U.S. Senator Benjamin L Cardin Certificate of Special Recognition 
  • 2012 House of Representatives Elijah Cummings Special Recognition 
  • 2012 City of Baltimore Certificate of Special Recognition Excellence in Education
  • 2012 Honorable C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger Congressional Recognition Award
  • 2012 Prince George's County Public Schools School Counselor Award
  • 2015 Legislative Proclamation New York State 41st District Special Recognition
  • 2018 Top Teens of America Ladies of Distinction Special Recognition Award
  • 2018 National Sigma Beta Club Appreciation Award
  • 2023 State of Maryland Minority Public Educator of the Year

Below is a list of books and articles Dr. Clay has published.

  • 2010 Post Traumatic School Disorder "Empowerment Strategies for African American Males" Self Published
  • 2013 'Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color College Board School Counseling Journal Contributor
  • 2018 The Diary of an Emotionally Constipated Man Self Published
  • 2020 Amazon Best Seller There is No Health without Mental Health Anthology: Men & Mental Health Let's Talk About It.

Comments (68)

Ashlee Hayes Posted 3 days ago

I met Dr. Clay when I was around 6 years old. He was teaching, while also counseling in a weekend academic program. From there I knew his passion for helping children would expand to a larger level. Dr. Clay was always invested in my academic well-being. He never hesitated to give me a pep talk and steer me back on the right path when I seemed to veer away. Seeing the impact he has had with adolescents throughout the county has been tremendous!

Montrella Cowan Posted 3 days ago

PURPOSEFUL. PASSIONATE. PERSISTENT. Dr. Clay is the best example of all three of these. His service to our community has made all the difference. He has helped to change lives and even save lives as a counselor and speaker. His commitment to help spread such a powerful message in the world is most appreciated, especially by our Black and Brown communities. Thank you, Dr. Flip for all that you do and for being you!

Yvonne Scruggs Posted 3 days ago

Dr. William Clay is the epitome of service and an outstanding educator/counselor to young people around the world. For 23 years I have watched Dr. Clay pour into the lives of young people of all ethnicities, creeds and backgrounds while giving 100% of himself in the edification of educating and mentoring the youth. His ability to reach young people is astounding and I believe he is just getting started. Dr. Clay inspires the youth to be better, to do better and achieve their very own dreams. He speaks from experience. He motivates and meet young people where they are. To be outstanding you must find something dear to your heart to hold on to. Dr. Clay found his purpose and the world is a better place because of it. Not only does he mentor to others, Dr. Clay shows up for the you g people in his own family. He believes we must not stand in fear of our failures rather, we must learn to build upon them. He embraces the idea that succeeding is never a one-man job. Dr. Clay is driven by a powerful sense of purpose and how to help others better their lives. Keep going Dr. Clay, we need you!

DaRon Wilson Posted 3 days ago

Dr. Clay is a phenomenal educator who has dedicated his life's work to enhancing children. His assemblies are thought provoking and engage children to truly think about making the right choices.

April Ross Posted 3 days ago

As a colleague of Dr. Clay, I have known him for over 20 years. He has consistently represented himself as a powerful motivational speaker and motivator while uplifting youth in the community. Being a Professional School Counselor in the same district as Dr. Clay, I have had the opportunity to experience him coaching both professionals and youth. Dr. Clay provides helpful suggestions to his peers and encourages the facilitation of demonstrated strategies that work to support our youth. Inspiring our youth is a dynamic skill of Dr. Clay’s. He encourages in a way that motivates them to bring about positive changes and results. In summary, time spent with Dr. Clay is impactful! He guides his audience to examine their purpose and think of measures to work through obstacles with affirmations and future celebrations.

Bruce James Posted 4 days ago

I have known Dr. Clay for fifteen years or more and must say that he is the epitome of an outstanding educator, counselor and motivational speaker. I have attended many of his seminars all over the United States and all were intriguing, inspiring and motivational. Dr. Clay is a committed, dedicated and devoted educator and he is certainly worthy of being recognized for this prestigious award.

LaTasha R Ward Posted 4 days ago

Dr Clay keep doing great things and making an impact with the students you connect with at school and in our community. The children today need someone that can reach them where they are and to help them to see a value in changing their lives. Keep being genuine and spreading love. Thanks for being teacher and Coach to help our youth and young adults transform. Congratulations in advance!!! You Got this!

Charlie Frost Posted 5 days ago

Congratulations.Dr clay I am your number one fan. I am so proud of you. I remember when you first started I'm proud to see you with so much perseverance and hard work and determination And so humble to arrived to the place that you are now. Only someone like you can endure all the hardship and pain to get where you are today because you care about people and students. Stay Humble and you will be blessed. The old folks back in my day had a saying "The humble will taste the grace. Much love for you School Board Member Charlie Frost

Tiffany Rachann Posted 5 days ago

Above and beyond all of Dr. Clay's life's contributions, all of them mighty, I have come to appreciate him the most because he keeps it real. Not just with the children but with the caregivers and community members that support our children. As an advocate for the Whole Child, I applaud Dr. Clay for his tireless efforts and look forward to his continued legacy with intentional impact in our community.

Jerrail Brown Posted 5 days ago

I'm honored to call this man my family. He's always there to lend a helping hand and lend a listening ear to me and the rest if his younger cousins. Keep doing what you do. We love you!

Dr. Emily Grant DeCarlo Posted 5 days ago

Dr. William Clay is a very distinguished young man with a passion for making a difference in the world by changing one life at a time. I love how he creatively presented his book by using a toilet stool as a prop. It was a very unique way to send a message about getting rid of the toxicity in one's life!

Stacey Thomas Posted 6 days ago

I am so proud to know Dr Clay and proud of his dedication to help change lives of students who may feel like no one cares or that it might be easier to just give up. I applaud Dr. Clay for all that he's done and is currenting doing for young students.

Kevin Glasper,Sr Posted 8 days ago

Dr. Clay is the consummate professional in behavioral health. He loves what he does and this is exemplified in his dedication and commitment to his profession and the community. He loves working with the youth as well. His kind of work is needed even more now since we are trying to navigate through Covid-19 and we are seeing an enormous increase in mental and behavioral issues. He is certainly needed and his style is very accommodating to his clients of all ages. I salute you Dr. Clay for your gifts, dedication and commitment to your embodiment of work as both a practitioner and researcher.

Alexis De’Sert, MA LPC Posted 8 days ago

Dr. Clay has been a wonderful inspiration for young men in the community. He is most passionate about making a change in education & is genuine with the youth in the DMV. I am proud to know him, as his sorority sister in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. He is most respected, admired, and shares the ideals of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity”.

SGT. ALBERT COOKS Posted 8 days ago

I am a retired educational Administrator from Prince George's County Public Schools. I have known Dr. Clay for more than 30 years. I remember the outstanding workshops and presentations he gave at many of Ebenezer AME men's retreats concerning the enhancing and improvement of Academic skills of Black Boys. He taught them about education and knowledge being the best way to become an outstanding, law-abiding, and tax paying citizen. He worked on skills to enhance Black males ability to become fine, young, and productive young men. The books he wrote laid down the foundation to make all these things possible. Dr. Clay is a man who wants to make all Black young men Accountable and Responsible for all the actions they take. Dr. Clay should be definitely in line for this award.

Eric Wood Posted 8 days ago

Dr. Clay is a true servant leader! I will always remember his commitment to excellence, especially when it comes to his students! One of my favorite memories is when Dr. Clay organized a school visit with a U.S. Supreme Court Justice! This was a tremendous effort and victory for our children and community!

Monique L. Posted 8 days ago

Dr. Clay was my counselor in elementary school. Since meeting him, I have witnessed Dr. Clay pour into inner-city children by teaching them about higher education, the principles of being a man, and financial literacy. I have witnessed Dr. Clay mentor students for over 20 years. He has been a forerunner in our community and is the definition of service before self. There is not a more deserving person for this award!

Camillia Anderson Posted 9 days ago

I became acquainted with Dr. "Flip" Clay several years ago through social media educator groups. Having studied trauma and its effects, I was drawn to his work, especially two of his books, The Diary of the Emotionally Constipated Man and PostTramatic "School" Disorder. During the summer of 2018, I was in D.C. for a few days and had the opportunity to see (and participate) in one of his presentations. Here we are five years later, and I continue to revisit and share with my coaching clients information gleaned from the books that I purchased that evening. It is helpful for both men and women to understand how our emotions drive and can ruin our relationships. The Diary of an Emotionally Constipated Man lays it out. At one time, my profession led me to an assignment as the principal of an elementary school that had been chosen as the location for the district's elementary DAEP. Almost 70% of the students assigned were African American (mostly males), almost 30 percent Hispanic, and 1% Anglo American. When conferring with the students, I was never surprised to learn that most of their behaviors/experiences in and away from school were similar. Serving in that environment was a major undertaking for my staff...(and me). Yet, I felt that it was important that my staff understood the WHY behind the extreme behaviors that we witnessed every day. Dr. Clay's book, Post Traumatic "School" Disorder, made the difference by giving a peek through a different lens. Mindsets shifted because of Dr. Clay's book... and it will forever be a point of reference as I support others as they heal. Truly Dr. Clay has researched and experienced topics of current interest in all communities. Although I know that he has several books and programs, the two mentioned in this comment are life changers, as is Dr. Clay.

Tongelar Everett Posted 9 days ago

I have known Dr. Clay over 20 years and he is a genuine and caring person. His passion for youth empowerment can be seen with his interactions with them. He continues to work in the public school settings where he knows he can help make a big difference in so many lives. His presentations given in our communities throughout the country are impactful. I'm proud to call him friend. He is definitely a well-deserving nominee.

Laseandia Pounds Posted 9 days ago

I've attended several career and youth empowerment events where Dr. Clay has inspired young boys into gentlemen, promoting them to act in a manner of future law-abiding citizens, aspiring entrepreneurs, and gentlemen. On one occasion, I witnessed the program where 6th, 7th, and 8th graders committed to wearing business attire at least twice a month, distinguishing themselves from the other students. This mentorship resulted in students running for student body offices and taking on other school leadership roles as a result of the program. In other instances, Dr. Clay regularly supported male and female students in anti-bullying campaigns, self-respect, respect for others and adults, and more. I'm really impressed with the many facets of empowering the students/youth. I highly recommend Dr. Clay as the Life Changer of The Year.

yuritzi vivaldo Posted 9 days ago

Dr. Clay was my school counselor in middle school and ever since I met him he would help me and my parents with any problem we had. He would make going to school more fun in general for me and for the friends I have and thanks to him I made some long-lasting friendships. And so Dr. Clay is a great person and deserves the best, I probably never could've gotten through middle school without his help.

Dr. Claudia B.-Walter Posted 10 days ago

Dr. Clay and I met on community fronts during our implementation of a school pantry at Charles Carroll Middle School. Over the several years I’ve known him, I've witnessed his dedication to youth, especially young men. His studious focus on aiding each student in accomplishing their academic journey and helping them open their minds to a bright future demonstrates great dedication. His work with youth and their families is a testament to his commitment to changing lives. #LCOY @LifeChangeroftheYear

Rev. Phillip Jackson Posted 10 days ago

In a real sense, Dr. William Clap exhibits the kind of commitment and compassion in counseling adolescents and African American men that is second to none. He not only sympathizes and empathizes with these two demographics, but he has a genuine desire to alleviate them from their challenges. As a pastor, I invited him to speak to the men of my church on many occasions and he has always delivered. It is my pleasure and delight to share words of recommendations on his behalf. He is a great man, a great counselor, and a great friend. I have known Dr. Clay for 20+ years and truly cherish our intellectual conversations when we come together.

Dhyana Parker Posted 10 days ago

I'm honored to know Dr. Clay. He's been a blessing to his community especially the youth. We need more men in our community like Dr. Clay. Keep up the amazing job you are doing.

Nek Kimbrough Posted 10 days ago

I actually met Dr. Clay on Social Media and I was blown away with his powerful content. His love and passion for the Youth warms my heart. Dr. Clay and I actually shared some conversations about doing a 2 day convention for the youth in my city. I have conversed with him and I must say his conversation and his personal story was so amazing. Dr. Clay is a Man of Honor because of his morals, decency, respect, integrity, and his disposition and most of all his passion educating many people around the world. He’s a phenomenal man and I pray that God keeps using him and keeps him going in the direction of the right. His story and trauma have helped many and also have elevated my boys to become decent young men. He’s a great role model for teenagers and he’s definitely an all around gentleman.

Dr. Felicia McGowan Posted 11 days ago

Dr. Clay is an awesome speaker and connects with audiences personally to meet them where they are. He is a force to be reckoned with with his concern for black men. Outstanding person!

Antoinette Byrams Posted 11 days ago

Dr. Clay is a true servant at heart and he has devoted his entire life to support the youths in our community. His service of love has been very instrumental for the mental health and well being for many. He does what he was gifted and tasked to do - a labor of love that so many don’t even think to tread. And for all the lives he has touched and served, our community has and will continue to benefit the fruits of his labor. I know YHWH is saying “Well done my faithful servant”. So Dr. Clay I can’t thank you enough for all that you do, and this nomination is well deserved.

Sandra Williams Posted 11 days ago

Mr. Clay is the nicest, most caring person I have met in a very long time. In 2020 My son and I had Covid and Mr. Clay went out his way to check on us everyday and even brought us vitamins/ supplements to aid in our well being. He is truly God sent.

Gayle Lynn Posted 11 days ago

Dr. Clay is a very powerful and intellectual counselor. He works tirelessly with the youth and mentors, teachers, and other counselors as well. He’s a strong man of faith and character, and works hard for the betterment of all people. I believe that he is truly deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award!

Stephanie Duckett Posted 11 days ago

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Clay. He is an amazing counselor. Dr. Clay has a passion for education that is unmatched. When we taught together at an urban/suburban school, he single-handedly changed lives. I know students to this day who rave about his expertise and how he changed/saved their lives. It was nothing for Dr. Clay to reach in his own pocket to help students/adults of the school community. He is an amazing asset to Prince George's County Public School System and a life changing agent.

Travis Gibbs Posted 11 days ago

I've known Dr. Clay since the late 80's. I've watched him grow and continue to get better in life. His passion is for helping people and inspiring them to do better in life. Dr. Clay never forgot where he came from. His trials and tribulations only made him that much stronger. I'm so proud of how he's able to help and encourage people in life. He's doing God's will...I'm so proud of him.

Chris Burks Posted 12 days ago

Dr. Clay is a true professional and really cares about the people he serves. I have known him for about 30 years, and he's always been passionate about what he does. Not only do I admire his dedication to his profession, but also his commitment to helping those in need.

Brian Posted 12 days ago

A true servant of God. A Shepherd who is willing to leave the 90 and 9 in the wilderness and search for the one that has been lost UNTIL he finds them. Purposed by God.

Lexi Barnes Posted 13 days ago

Dr. Clay was my school counselor in elementary school. Although many years have passed, I truly think back to the amazing and positive impact he had on so many African American students. His passion, his drive and his determination are just a few things to exemplify why there is no other person who should be receiving this award! He helped me, and others, in so many ways. To this day, I vividly remember all the great acts of kindness he has shown towards me!

Michael D Coates Posted 13 days ago

It has been an amazing experience working alongside Dr. Clay for more than 7 years. His compassion for the success of all students is awe-inspiring. The manner in which Dr. Clay supports, shows empathy, and cultivates a positive outlook for children is unparalleled. Dr. Clay truly believes in the work of impacting the future, one student at a time.

Latasha Dorsey Posted 13 days ago

Dr. Clay is committed to transforming and empowering youth. His knowledge on how trauma impacts the mind and his ability to connect with students is remarkable. I met Dr. Clay at Kenmoor Middle School, where we teamed up to help teens obtain conflict resolution skills and emotional intelligence using restorative circles. His words “Change can be easy or change can be hard” and “Let go of that baggage” continue to resonate with me both personally and professionally as I often utilize those words in my personal life and at work. As an Assistant Principal, I value Dr. Clay’s methods of motivation and restoration as I am constantly seeking ways to help students alter their attitudes and behaviors. Dr. Clay is patient, listens intently, and is willing to go the extra mile to help all students. I can’t think of a more deserving person of this award than Dr. Clay. His relentless and tireless dedication to healing young people is simply transformational.

Bernadette Evans Posted 13 days ago

Dr. Clay is an innovator and change agent in young people's lives within the educational system and community. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. Dr. Clay creates a safe space for young people, some of them at risk, to feel supported and heard, but most importantly to receive guidance and build self esteem and good character.

Toy Jefferson Posted 14 days ago

Dr. William “Flip” Clay is truly an inspiration to our hometown, Hopewell, VA. Growing up in our small city, we didn’t get to see much of the outside world but “Flip” has made moves for all the world to see. He saw his vision, and God ordered his steps and made it happen. With his charismatic personality, calming/caring soul and gift of teaching, “Flip” has made an impact within every community he reaches. I’m so proud of his accomplishments and he remains a mentor and confidant to me. He continues to give back and find ways to bless us all with a message that not only changes but saves lives. He is an open book, literally, about how he changed his own life, thus having the experience to relate to those that he fosters. He is a life coach and well deserving of the “Life Changer” of the year. He has been changing lives for many years and I know he will do so in many more years to come.

sofia marroquin-garcia Posted 15 days ago

I’m sure Dr. Clay has impacted people’s lives just how he did mine. I was a 7th grader in Charles Carroll Middle and Dr. Clay was my counselor. I always saw him in the halls. He always said hi to me. One day he called me to his office and we talked. I went through a situation in which I don’t think I would’ve said anything if it wasn’t for him. I don’t think I would’ve gotten any help if it wasn’t for Dr. Clay. He changed my life, he impacted my life. He made me know what I really wanted to be when I grow up. I’m so grateful I met him. He was really supportive, very nice, chill, and overall very friendly. I don’t think I’ll find any other counselor just like him. The counselor nowadays say “I'm here for when you need my help on anything,” but no it’s not like that. They don’t even want to hear you, they rush you. Dr. Clay never did that. He listened very carefully. He was patient. And I thank him for that. I wish him the best in this career. Dr. Clay has to be The Life Changer Of The Year.

Joy Mack Posted 15 days ago

Dr. Clay is truly one of a kind. He demonstrates so much passion for the work he does with youth and adults. When I took a moment to reflect on who Dr. Clay is, I came up with several different ways to describe him. He’s a leader, philanthropist, entrepreneur, motivator, wise counselor, and a trusting friend. Not only does he deserve the “Life changer of the year award”, but he is deserving of many more for the gift he has been and continues to be within his community. There aren’t many people that would invest in others in such sacrificial ways as he has. I’m grateful to have a longtime colleague and true definition of a friend who has impacted my life on so many levels. He is well deserving of this honor.

Pastor Cornel Dunmore Posted 15 days ago

I have attend Dr. Clay's training in Baltimore, MD. It was illuminating and enlightening. The visual presentation was captivating and very informative. Dr. Clay is on a mission to illuminate the general public on the danger of being spiritually constipated. His class and subject matter is vital to the overall well-being of men, women, boys and girls. I highly recommend this class to every class of people. Thanks for the friendship and professionalism you have given to me personally. Keep preaching mental health awareness. We need you and your message.

Samaiyah H Posted 17 days ago

I'm most certain there isn't a better candidate for the LifeChanger of the Year award. Not one who is as caring and devoted to his community and its youth than Dr. William Clay. As an author, and professional counselor Dr. Clay has been able to engage and create outreach that reaches beyond the school walls...his works are profound, groundbreaking and instrumental in changing the lives of people from all walks of life, especially young African American men. He is relatable and devoted to his community, his family and his hometown. Dr. William Clay is busy pouring himself into others and yet continues to lead with integrity and respect for his community. Dr. Clay serves with conviction and compassion. He is educated, sincere and dedicated to making our world a better place, one community at a time. I don't think there is any nominee more deserving!

Alison Merritt Posted 18 days ago

I met Dr. William Clay years ago when he was a counselor at my children's school. He was a fantastic asset to the school, always focusing on the "best thing" for the students. I fondly remember him greeting the students each day with an encouraging rap. He is a patient and passionate educator willing to go the extra mile for his students. Dr. Clay has always been willing to engage and offer a meaningful perspective that has been instrumental in my children's development. Dr. Clay has since presented for a group of high school students I mentor, and it was simply AMAZING! Dr. Clay can captivate students with laughter, rapping, and a jovial personality in a way that they trust and connect with him. He is truly a gifted educator and deserving of the Life Changer of the year Award.

Capathia Price Campbell Posted 19 days ago

Wow! What a privilege it was to hear Dr. Clay speak this weekend at the MSEA MLK Breakfast. Dr. Clay speaks to you so that the GOATS can reach "it " - It meaning the positive message on how educators may engage students. Dr. Clay keep doing what you are doing! Teaching educators... how to demand the best from marginalized students! Even when society has had a history of marginalizing students of color.

Tilda M Holloway Posted 19 days ago

Dr. William Clay deserves this honor more than anyone I know, he has devoted his professional career to underserved youth in the public school system giving them a voice like no other could. His gift of aspiring Hope to children is no coincidence whereby he spent a portion of his early years in a small city approximately (11.5 square miles) called "Hopewell! I am sure he was keenly aware of the disparities even then! He was called by an entity higher than himself to travel across the nation to educational, religious, and community settings to counsel, teach and inspire, leaving those places better than he first encountered them. Dr. William Clay is aka Dr. William "FLIP" Clay because he shifts and FLIPS the script changing the trajectory of many lives along the way! His infallible, influential, informative unique delivery of doing so is signature to only him! He is certainly a game changer as evidenced by a multitude of testimonials of those he encountered. He put in the hard work to prepare himself by various avenues; from Job Corp to universities to accomplish whatever he sets his heart and mind to do. Dr. Clay is Awesome at his chosen professional career counseling!

Tina Brown Posted 19 days ago

I met Dr. Clay several years ago through an associate of mine, who had me watch a presentation and read a book of his entitled, "The Diary Of An Emotionally Constipated Man." The title alone sparked my interest, but then when I saw that he was using an actual toilet as a prop, I was blown away. It was so unusual, but made perfect sense. I remember thinking this man is a genius to use it in such a profound way, where you would plainly see and understand his point of view. It was so captivating. I could tell he had a heart to help the young men and women in our community, many who were suffering from this very thing, but didn't quite understand it. It was evident that he wanted to make a difference and really cared for the people in his communities. He has also made contributions to my church, in efforts to help those in need. His hard work and dedication makes him stand out among the rest. This is why I think Dr. Clay should be Life Changer Of The Year

Rosana Rojas- Cortez Posted 19 days ago

Dr.Clay has helped a lot when I was in middle school along with a few other teachers. But he has helped a lot, He's very caring, reasonable and you can trust him. He helps a lot with my mental health and academics. He's empathic to the people he talks to and will try to help in any way he can. I am very honored that I've gotten to meet him in my time of need.

Jacqueline Mendoza Posted 19 days ago

Dr. Clay changed my life. I was at the lowest point in my life. I was afraid to attend school or step into class. Dr. Clay allowed me to sit in the guidance office every day until I felt comfortable enough to join my classmates. He stuck by me and encouraged me every day. Even when I was at my worst he never gave up on me. He provided a safe space to help me deal with my trauma as well as open up about it. He went out of his way to help me and no amount of words could ever express how grateful I am that he did when I needed it the most. I want to sincerely thank you Dr. Clay for not just helping me get through my biggest struggles but for helping other students with theirs as well. You saved our lives.

Ronnie Winston Posted 19 days ago

I had an opportunity to go to undergrad and work with Dr. Clay

Phelecia Nembhard Posted 19 days ago

Dr. Clay is the real deal. He has been helping kids unlock their true potential for a very long time. I have worked with him and have seen firsthand the level of care and resources that he dishes out daily on a golden plate. You have to see it to realize the true unlocking of their greatest potential. As Mayor of the City of New Carrollton I am happy and thankful for the impacts of his footprint that he has left behind to encourage and uplift the students and parents for generations to come. Dr. Clay the mission continues. Thank you for being a part of us and we will emulate your great deeds and will only strive for excellence because that is the expectation.

Dr. Chike Akua Posted 20 days ago

I have known Dr. Clay for almost two decades and in that time he has consistently demonstrated innovative, solution-centered approaches to reaching and transforming those students that other deem unreachable. Dr. Clay’s commitment is second to none. He is a treasure to the communities he serves and deserves to be recognized at the highest level for the wonderful work he does. In addition, his unique approaches and methods should be carefully studied by those who desire to get authentic results in serving under-served students.

LaBreaha Butler Posted 20 days ago

I thank God for Dr.Clay, and his heart to give to the outreach ministry of I AM the Church. Because of his generous donation, we were able to bless and impact the lives of the homeless, less fortunate, and displaced individuals that were in need. Dr. Clay is very passionate in supporting organizations that help to make an outstanding impact in the community, and the world. So glad our paths had a chance to pass. Thank God for Dr. Clay

J. W. Piercy, III. Posted 20 days ago

I have known Dr. Clay for over 30 years. He is definitely a Man of Purpose and one that is able to find the positives in situations and bring them out. Dr. Clay has the ability to find "the Rose that comes from concrete," work with it, and help it flourish. Dr. Clay is an effective teacher, role model, and supporter. Pay attention to his words, as you may find wisdom in them. Pay attention to his actions, as you will find the right way to approach a situation. Dr. Clay is PHENOMENAL, and I hope that you will be as blessed as I am to know him.

Jessica Kamber Posted 21 days ago

I was a young elementary school counselor who won a scholarship to the American School Counselor Association's annual conference. I went to the conference ready to learn from more seasoned counselors and implement best, effective, and new practices to change students back at my school back in Pennsylvania. I was fortunate enough to attend Dr. Clay's "Flip's" session and he not only energized the crowd like none other, but he inspired me to model a program he ran with boys of color in my own school where 98% of my students were of Hispanic descent. This program that he ran incorporated social emotional programming, counseling, sports, and mentorship. Dr. Clay equipt me as a white woman to work with my students who were not only different than me in gender but also in racial and ethnic identity. I modeled my group after Dr. Clay's and gave them the name "Little Men of Roberto," much like his group was named after his school. These students earned their shirts and wore them proudly around the school. Additionally, these students had a drastic drop in disciplinary referrals. Dr. Clay's model was effectively done and motivational to my students. To this day, Dr. Clay's workshop is still the most phenomenal training I have been to, and I know that he is the changemaker that is not only impacting his students but his impact on change has impacted students far beyond his building.

Michael J. Robinson Posted 21 days ago

Dr. Clay is an awesome presenter, he hosted our program Stars Foundation during our after-school programs. He is a humble guy and truly cares about children. We worked together in PGCPS and I observed him for years. I fully recommend him for life changer of the year. Great person.

LaWanda Posted 21 days ago

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. William Clay and that was one of the best years of my counseling career. I witnessed firsthand how Dr. Clay connected with his students and collaborated with his colleagues. Dr. Clay is very down to earth and relatable to his students which allows them to feel comfortable in sharing their issues and concerns with him. Dr. Clay is very passionate about his students and he is a gifted Professional School Counselor. Dr. Clay definitely deserves the honor of receiving the Life Changing Award because that’s what he does, he changes lives on a regular basis.

Dr. Sonya Ford Posted 21 days ago

I have watched Dr. Clay evolve into the "LifeChanger" that he is today. He has a heart to make a difference in the lives of the students he serves. His selfless nature has led to his creation of life-changing programs for young people. He tirelessly and effortlessly gives his all. His presentation style is energetic and captivating, always with a message of uplift and empowerment. Not only does Dr. Clay make a difference in the lives of his students, he also supports and encourages their parents and guardians. Dr. Clay does not keep his knowledge to himself, he shares it with other educators across the nation through his dynamic presentations. Dr. Clay is more than deserving of this accolade.

LaWanda Bryant Posted 22 days ago

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. William Clay and that was one of the best years of my counseling career. I got to witness firsthand how Dr. Clay connected with his students and collaborated with his colleagues. Dr. Clay is very down to earth and relatable to the students which allows them to feel comfortable in sharing their issues and concerns with him. Dr. Clay is very passionate about his students and he is a gifted Professional School Counselor. He definitely deserves to be honored with the Life Changing Award because that’s what he does, he changes lives on a regular basis.

Dr. Taiwanna De’Shone Anthony Posted 22 days ago

Dr. Clay is a dynamic educator. He’s compassionate, empathetic, and measured. Dr. Clay wears his heart on his sleeves. He loves what he does. It shows throughout his work with his scholars. He has the patience of Job and a strong dominant work ethic. Dr. Clay is most deserving of this award and many more. He is the best!

Dr. Walter McCollum Posted 22 days ago

Dr. Clay is the epitome of a social change advocate. He has spent his entire career impacting change in the lives of one student at a time, in one community at a time. I’ve had the distinct honor of knowing and working with Dr. Clay in Men’s ministry for over a decade. His genuine passion and commitment to changing the lives of men is beyond measure. Through his books and workshops, he’s been able to captivate audiences and bring healing and change to family dynamics around the world! Dr. Clay is also a scholar. I had the privilege of mentoring him through his doctoral journey many years ago, and I stand very proud of who he has become and what he has accomplished. He’s definitely one to watch in years to come. There's no other person more deserving of the Life Changer of the Year award than Dr. Clay!

Sylvia Morrison Posted 22 days ago

I met Dr. Clay at an event in Maryland and right away, I knew he was special. We were in the green room of the event where he, myself and others graciously introduced ourselves. We talked about many subjects and I was delighted to learn he was an educator with an emphasis on being a counselor. As our friendship developed, I learned of his project with Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. She visited his school as a result of Dr. Clay’s project! I was simply amazed. I learned afterwards that he was doing a similar project highlighting Mrs. Michelle Obama. It was another project the students could partake in. Excited I was asked to portray Mrs. Obama, I had a front row seat to witness his connection with the students. They followed his instructions, listened carefully to his direction and the excitement was amazing. Dr. Clay changes lives. In my experience knowing him he has shown a certain flair for doing just that. I can only imagine what this whole world would be like if they followed his lead. I believe it could change the world!

Rhonda Greene Posted 23 days ago

Dr. Clay is a change agent. His purpose and mission is to effect change in the lives of our young people. He does an outstanding job at teaching, mentoring, role modeling and going beyond the greatest of lengths to support our youth. Dr. Clay’s efforts are done tirelessly and with one goal in mind, and that is to protect and preserve our youth and provide them with an opportunity to succeed in a world where they are voiceless and faceless. I thank GOD for Dr. Clay and I stand in full support of all that he does for our children. He is one of our greatest assets and our most precious treasures. Thank you for all that you do Dr. Clay. I pray that time and great health continue to shine upon you. Rhonda Greene

Bruce Herbert Posted 23 days ago

Congratulations! Two Words, "ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!" I invited Dr. Clay to facilitate a workshop for a men's group on Emotional Wholeness; by the time Flip was finished, healing was EVER SO PRESENT! Some men became free enough to share the deepest secrets of their lives and walk away with a sense of hope and joy. If you've never attended any of Dr. Clay's workshops, I suggest you do so. The seminars are fun, interactive and life-changing. Thanks again Dr. Clay!

Donovan Dreyer Posted 23 days ago

Dr. William "Flip" Clay gave the best presentation at the ASCA national conference in New Orleans. As a fellow presenter, I was taking notes on his specific material- but I also deeply soaked in his artistry as a speaker. I was dazzled- he had us laughing, singing, rapping, welling up with tears and fully engaged from start to finish. Dr. Clay has a true gift as a speaker, instructor and expert on the needs of modern youth. Do not pass up an opportunity to learn from or work with this difference maker!

Selina Goodman Posted 23 days ago

My son and I met Dr. Clay at a Prince George's County Public School Mentorship program in 2010. There, Dr. Clay and my son formed a mentor/mentee relationship. Dr. Clay helped to instill good morals and values in Wan and encouraged Wan not to follow the wrong crowd of people, but rather, do the right thing and GOD will take care of the rest. In 2021 I decided to write a book and immediately I remembered Dr. Clay was successful at writing and publishing several of his own books. I reached out to Dr. Clay and without hesitation he agreed to mentor me with writing my 1st book. When I was writing my book Dr. Clay recognized I was entering into a dark place by reliving my past while writing about it. It was then Dr. Clay voluntarily became my life coach. Thank You Flip for being there for Wan and I.

Jermaine N. Johnson Posted 23 days ago

Dr.Clay was my elementary school Guidance Counselor back in the mid 90’s. I will never forget his impact within the school. I am now in my early 30’s and we reconnected a few years ago. To see the work he’s accomplished and still doing doesn’t surprise me. I am the CEO of a nonprofit mentoring organization for young males of color and he’s been one of my biggest supporters. Whenever I speak to the youth I share stories about him. Dr. Clay is a great man, educator, community leader, and change agent. He is what we need more of in our communities!

Jewrly Franco Posted 23 days ago

Dr.Clay was my middle school counselor; he changed my life as soon as I stepped into his office. I was going through so much emotional and mental trauma, he helped me see life through a different lens. He made me see there is so much worth living for. He was one of the first adults who made me learn how to trust. He always made time for me & for all of the kids, even when he was busy he still made time, always showing genuine love and care for EVERYONE in our school. Dr.Clay still treated us with the same care even when he officially stopped being our counselor when we moved to the eighth grade. I know he still goes above and beyond. He is one of this world's best human beings and this award could not go to someone better. Thank you Dr.Clay for everything, the time, dedication, effort, love, and unconditional support. Thank you because I would not be where I am without you.

Joshua Omolola Posted 24 days ago

Dr. Clay is the embodiment of love, care and support for me and many of my peers at Charles Carroll Middle school. His commitment to the students shows his passion for youth and their success. Without his support and mentorship I wouldn’t be who or where I am today. Thank you Dr. Flip!