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Denver Academy Teacher Nominated for LifeChange of the Year

Denver (February 11, 2019) – Denver Academy (DA) Middle School Language Arts Teacher Charles Beckwith has been nominated for the national 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year Award.
Mr. Beckwith was recognized as a LifeChanger in his community for his dedication to going above and beyond for students. Known by his students as “Mr. B,” he prepares them for life beyond middle school and challenges them to accomplish things they don’t believe they’re capable of. He incorporates humor into his lessons and shows his students how to advocate for themselves.
Beckwith goes beyond teaching language arts and instills a variety of skills in his students, including algebra, debate skills, and perseverance. He was nominated by a colleague, Denver Academy Director of Education Philippe Ernewein.
“Charles is truly one of the greats and I am so lucky that my son was in his class,” said Misti Durnford, the parent of a student. “He has used his gift as a teacher to make my son a better student, a better person, and more prepared to move forward in the future. He has made a difference in my son’s life beyond what he will ever know.”
About LifeChanger of the Year
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 April 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 do the following:
  • 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 http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.
To view Mr. Beckwith’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, including his comments of support, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit LifeChangeroftheYear.com.
About Denver Academy
Celebrating 47 years in 2019, Denver Academy (DA) was founded on the maxim that students thrive when taught in the way they learn best. DA is one of the top schools in the nation dedicated to teaching diverse learners, including those with dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. Denver Academy’s innovative, proven learning model is based on the balanced application of classroom management, information processing, and academic literacy. Small class sizes of 12-14 students facilitate student-centered differentiated instruction. Flexible placement and several academic levels within each core subject, including Honors classes and advanced coursework, allow faculty to teach to each student’s optimal level. For more information, visit For more information, visit: www.denveracademy.org.