The Berkshire Local Schools would like to congratulate Heather Giel on being nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year Award from the National Life Group. The LifeChanger of the Year Award recognizes and rewards K-12 school employees who make a positive difference in the lives of students. Her nomination also places Berkshire in the running for a cash prize as well. Heather Giel, a physical education and health teacher at Berkshire Jr. and Sr. High School, was nominated by building principal Michael King. According to her nomination, which included his commentary and that from students in our District, "Mrs. Giel is a LifeChanger in our students' lives because of her openness to connect with everyone she meets. She has a desire to push students towards challenging situations to promote learning, character development, and integrity. Mrs. Giel has created a course for Leadership and Character Development that so many of our students are eager to take because the environment is uplifting and positive. Every day, her goal is to help all students become better versions of themselves - less impulsive, more thoughtful, kind, and leaders in their generation. She is teaching self-evaluation and regulation. She brings in influential people to speak to her class so they are hearing similar messages and stories of grit, good character, and Integrity. Her impact is not only recognized by our students, but by her colleagues and administration. Students have said it, but I can also say she empowers me everyday to be positive and be the best version of myself for me and for my students. Her actions are contagious and I’m grateful for her presence and work in our school." Congratulations to Heather Giel for making a difference in the lives of students, and for being nominated for LifeChanger of the Year!