Signal Hill Secretary Nominated for National Award

Signal Hill Elementary School secretary Maryann Vosilla has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Vosilla is being recognized as a LifeChanger in her community for changing the culture of her school for the better. When she began working as a secretary over 13 years ago, she completely changed the office dynamic. Whether she is scheduling meetings, connecting with parents, solving a dilemma, or answering hundreds of phone calls, she is always looking to help.

Vosilla was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

“She is not only the most capable, organized, competent secretary, but she is also a warm, kind hearted person who makes our school a better place to be,” the nominator said.

“Maryann has ‘rescued me’ on more than one occasion,” said Ellen Wilson, a colleague. “When I have made errors with scheduling or am running late for a meeting, Maryann is my ‘go to.’ She helps me rectify situations and never makes me feel uncomfortable when I need her help.”

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year.

  • (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  • (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2018-19, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker). The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in May 2019 in Hawaii, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students
  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level
  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence
  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning
  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at

To view Ms. Vosilla’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit

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