She mentors younger teachers. She delivers meals to needy students’ homes. She raises money for the safety patrols’ annual Washington trip. She even runs a bike-repair shop to fix students’ bikes.
For these reasons and more, Palmetto Elementary School teacher Michele Mohl has been named one of 16 awardees in the national “LifeChanger of the Year” awards.
Selected from among more than 700 teachers and educators nominated nationwide, the veteran teacher at the West Palm Beach elementary school was scheduled to be surprised with the news this morning on campus, where her principal says she spends long hours volunteering her time.
“Ms. Mohl works late hours and weekends to help her students and their families,” Palmetto Elementary Principal Gladys Harris wrote in a nomination letter. “She has coordinated garage sales and school events and works with outside agencies in helping the students.
“Whether it’s for fundraising or tutoring, she is available any time during the day or night,” Harris wrote. “She has even volunteered to work during the summer to tutor students so they won’t regress.”
The “LifeChanger of the Year” awards are sponsored by National Life Group, a Vermont-based financial services company.
Mohl will receive a $1,500 prize, and a matching $1,500 donation will be made directly to Palmetto Elementary,
Congratulations, Ms. Mohl!
Here is her complete nomination letter:
Michelle Mohl is currently a Teacher on Assignment (TOSA) who goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is responsible for assisting administration and is available to assist anyone who needs her. She mentors teachers, assists the children in Palmetto Elementary’s EBD unit, and has even opened a bike shop where students are able to fix bikes and donate them to families in need.
Ms. Mohl is also responsible for overseeing fifth grade patrols and helping each of them attain their goal of going on the fifth grade Washington D.C. trip. She helps them with fundraising and finding donors who would be willing to sponsor their trip. In many ways, raising this kind of money is a full time job.
Ms. Mohl works late hours and weekends to help her students and their families. She has coordinated garage sales and school events and works with outside agencies in helping the students. Whether it’s for fundraising or tutoring, she is available any time during the day or night. She has even volunteered to work during the summer to tutor students so they won’t regress.
Ms. Mohl is also responsible for the school’s food bank. She packs meals for families every week and makes sure the food bank is stocked. She oversees and, at times, hand delivers meals to the school’s families and other local families in need. There is no one she has said “no” to. In fact, she has adopted in her heart one of the students that attends Palmetto and does everything a grandparent or parent would do for a child. Ms. Mohl organizes the holiday food and toy drive, making deliveries as needed. If they are short, she pulls out of her own pocket to cover the expenses.
She also gets her own family involved with helping the families of Palmetto. Her daughters have provided support to the school through tutoring and mentoring students. Ms. Mohl is also the SBT leader and knows the students and their families by name. When needed, she provides transportation to parents so they can participate meetings for their children. There is nothing that she wouldn’t do for the students and families of Palmetto, and for that, she is an outstanding LifeChanger!