Methow Valley School District Nurse Adriana Vanbianchi has been nominated for the 2021‑2022 national LifeChanger of the Year award. The award recognizes K-12 educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Vanbianchi was nominated by School District Superintendent Tom Venable for the role she’s played in leading the school community safely through the COVID pandemic.
Vanbianchi was part of the district’s effort to treat educators and staff as first responders and to prioritize their vaccination and safety.
Her work often included late-night and weekend calls to local clinics or Okanogan County Public Health to coordinate testing, contract tracing and other public health measures. “It was the sort of unseen and unheralded work that kept the ship chugging along with confidence, despite all the turbulence,” according to the nomination.
Nominees must make a positive impact in the lives of students; enhance their district’s atmosphere, culture and pride; demonstrate exemplary leadership; and have a proven record of professional excellence.
The award is sponsored by the National Life Group, a financial services company that serves K-12 educators nationwide.
The foundation is accepting nominations through the end of the year and will announce the winners between March and May 2022. Prizes range from $3,000 to $10,000, to be shared with the school district.