Cass Tech Principal Lisa Phillips has been nominated for the 2017-2018 LifeChanger of the Year Award! Ms. Phillips, principal of Cass Tech since 2010, was nominated by her spouse. Under her seven years of leadership, Cass Tech earned over $47 million in student scholarships, secured a state-of-the-art recording studio and was named an International Baccalaureate School. In March, she earned statewide Michigan Principal of the Year award by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. Principal Phillips has also created a project for seniors who cannot afford college supplies for their dorms. Each students is “adopted” by a generous donor who provides them with what they need. Last year, she secured microwaves, sheets, towels and refrigerators for 185 seniors! She is a true leader and continues to put students first.
LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from around the United States each year and only 17 individual awards are given. 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 spring 2018 in Bermuda, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals based on the following criteria:
- 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
For the 2016-2017 school year, DPSCD Nienas teacher Amy Lazarowicz was awarded a top five spot winning $5,000 and a trip to the national awards ceremony in Naples, FL.
Good luck Principal Phillips, you make DPSCD proud!