PMS's Nikki Blake Wins LifeChanger of the Year Spirit Award

PMS's Nikki Blake Wins LifeChanger of the Year Spirit Award
Posted on 04/12/2017

Nikki Blake, sixth grade teacher at Pocomoke Middle School was named the national 2016-17 LifeChanger of the Year Spirit Award winner at a surprise ceremony during a school assembly this morning. She will receive a $5,000 prize, which will be awarded as a $2,500 individual cash award and a $2,500 donation to Pocomoke Middle School.

Blake was selected as the Spirit Award winner out of more than 720 teachers, administrators and school district employees nominated for the award from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. She was chosen for the award because of the impressive amount of support she received from the Pocomoke Middle School community, who rallied behind her LifeChanger of the Year nomination in several different ways:

• Blake’s LifeChanger of the Year profile was shared more than 170 times on social media and was viewed 1,100+ times.
• Pocomoke Middle School not only surprised Blake with a personalized certificate and poster, but live streamed the surprise on Facebook.
• Her school made a Youtube video in support of her nomination.
• Blake’s nominator and colleague, Dr. Brian Cook, submitted an op-ed to his local paper describing why she is a LifeChanger.

 “I’m honored to be working in a community where these kinds of educators exist,” said Curtis Macomber, a local LifeChanger of the Year representative from Key Advisors Group. “Ms. Blake is one of the many educators who helps Pocomoke Middle School thrive. I’m excited to see how our community comes together to support her nomination.”

“Ms. Blake carries her talents into the community by coaching, supporting, mentoring and guiding her students in efforts to help them become lifelong learners that work hard and set goals for themselves as they grow into adults,” wrote Stephanie Taylor, Blake’s former teacher. “Students remember teachers like that. You never see her without a smile on her face and an energy that is contagious. She embraces challenges, makes the most of every situation, and strives to help each student to work hard and do their best every day.”

Blake’s award will be presented to her by Macomber, who will be accompanied by Matt Gordon. For more information, read Blake’s LifeChanger of the Year profile here.