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Counselor Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year

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Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) Edith & Ethel Carman Elementary School Counselor Violeta Cantu has been nominated for the 2022-23 National LifeChanger of the Year award. Courtesy image for illustration purposes
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) Edith & Ethel Carman Elementary School Counselor Violeta Cantu has been nominated for the 2022-23 National LifeChanger of the Year award. Courtesy image for illustration purposes

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SAN JUAN, Texas – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) Edith & Ethel Carman Elementary School Counselor Violeta Cantu has been nominated for the 2022-23 National LifeChanger of the Year award. 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. Eighteen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2022-2023 school year.

Cantu was nominated by her principal, Gisela Salinas Ramirez, for her consistent social and emotional support toward students, teachers, and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Mrs. Violeta Cantu is the heart of Carman Elementary,” said Principal Gisela Salinas Ramirez. “She gives so much of herself day in and day out to ensure that our students, parents, and staff members have the social and emotional support necessary to navigate any situation and encourages us to find the light on even the darkest days.” 

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals and will be announced in early 2023. 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

“It is an honor to be nominated for the National Life Changer of the Year Award. I feel extremely blessed to be able to pursue my passion as a school counselor with PSJA ISD,” said Cantu. “I would like to thank my Principal Gisela Salinas Ramirez for her continuous support as I plan and develop self-care activities for our students and staff. I would also like to thank the School Board and PSJA ISD for always supporting our counseling team, and most importantly our Carman Elementary Families for entrusting me with your children.”

To view Violeta Cantu’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, visit: https://bit.ly/3YmPUv6

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