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Sullivan nominated for national LifeChanger award

Lucas Sullivan, Garden City Achieve principal, has been nominated for the 2022-2023 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.

Sullivan was nominated by Deanna Clark, English Language Arts teacher at Garden City Achieve, the alternative high school in Garden City, which provides instruction for students from ninth rough 12th grades. The facility also houses the district’s Therapeutic Education Program and the Virtual Academy.

“I have known Lucas Sullivan for six years. He was the assistant principal at Horace Good Middle School for five of the years I taught there, and he is currently my principal at Garden City Achieve” Clark said. “Mr. Sullivan is hands down one of the best administrators I’ve ever worked for. Not only does he work hard to make GC Achieve a welcoming place, but he also builds a sense of family amongst students and staff. We are a small school, but there are still nearly 100 students. Mr. Sullivan knows them all by name. He knows their back stories, families, interests, aspirations, and what they need to achieve to graduate.”

Sullivan has been in the district for almost 13 years.  This is his second year as the principal of Garden City Achieve.

Clark said Sullivan sets high standards for students, staff, and himself.

“He is kind to every person he comes into contact with, working hard to build connections with every student and staff member in the building,” Clark said. “Mr. Sullivan cares more than nearly any administrator I’ve ever come across. He’s here long before and after everyone else to ensure this is a home for all of us.”

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools.

“Lucas Sullivan is a LifeChanger. I see how he’s changed the lives of his students, and I know that he’s changed mine. I have once again found my passion for teaching after 18 years in education. If anyone deserves an award, it’s Mr. Sullivan,” said Clark.

Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be school district employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school’s atmosphere
  • Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level
  • A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

To view Lucas Sullivan’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, visit