Mason teacher nominated for national reognition

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Kristin Higgins high school teacher in Mason

Samantha Basirico

Kristin Higgins, Mason High School Teacher, nominated for the 2017 Life Changer Award.

Kristin Higgins has been a teacher in the Mason School District for 14 years. She now teaches business and technology at the high school. Higgins has been nominated for a national 2017 Life Changer of the Year award by Principal Lance Delbridge.

The award is made every year. The program recognizes educators, administration, or any K-12 staff member who has made positive influences on students. Anyone can nominate a Life Changer of the Year. Nominees are selected from all over the 50 states. The top five win money their school.

Higgins said, “I am truly humbled by this nomination as well as by the comments made on the LifeChanger website and on Facebook from family, friends, colleagues, students and their parents.”

Higgins said her family, students, and staff have all changed her life and she is very thankful.

Higgins said, “I am blessed in so many ways. I am thankful for the honor and privilege to serve as an educator in such a supportive community.”

Del bridge said he nominated Higgins because of her commitment to education and the students.

Delbridge said, “She puts in so much time and energy to educate all of her students. She works hard to bring relevant concepts into her class that make learning enjoyable for her students.”

Delbridge said, “In addition to her teaching responsibilities, which include running the school yearbook, Higgins also coaches girls water polo, serves as the announcer for the school’s pool events, organizes an annual soccer game to benefit students in Nigeria, coordinates an annual picnic in the parking lot, assists in planning and reading student names at commencement, organizes the school’s academic awards assembly and serves as assistant principal when the assistant principal is out of the office.”

Higgins said she knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was 9 years old.

She said, “Along the way of deciding what career I wanted, I was pulled in different directions such as business management or even the medical field, but teaching has always been a passion of mine.”

Higgins earned bachelor’s and master’s degree at Northern Michigan University. Higgins said her favorite part about being a teacher is watching students grow into contributing members of society.

Higgins said she doesn’t live in Mason but still loves everything about the city. Higgins said her favorite part about Mason is the supportive community and how everyone comes together as one. Higgins said she is thankful for the Mason community and the Mason community is thankful for her.

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  • Will Kangas

    Nice article Samantha 🙂 remember to get the news out right away in the first sentence of the lead paragraph – “A 14-year Mason High School teacher has been nominated for a national award by her peers…” – then you can tell them what class she teaches and give the formal name of the award after that. You asked good questions, I can tell by reading the answers given by your sources. (What is your reaction to being nominated for the award?, When did you decide to become a teacher?)