PHARR – Eight Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) leaders have been recently nominated as 2017-18 LifeChangers of the Year for making a difference in the lives of students and the community.

Sponsored by National Life Group and the National Life Group Foundation since 2006, the LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes K-12 educators and school employees throughout the nation. The program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Congratulations to the following PSJA ISD leaders on their nomination:


Dr. Daniel P. King, PSJA Superintendent;


Olivia Benford, PSJA Parental Engagement Director;


Mario Bracamontes, Principal at Buell Central DAEP;


Rosa Rakay, Principal at PSJA Sonia M. Sotomayor ECHS;


Denisse Ochoa, Librarian at Cesar Chavez Elementary;


Rene Treviño, Lab Teacher at Santos Livas Elementary;


Amy Marquez, Librarian at Marcia Garza Elementary; and


Diamantina Garcia, Librarian at Arnoldo Cantu Elementary


Winners will be selected this year by the national selection committee, comprised of past LifeChanger of the Year winners and education professionals. The Top 15 LifeChangers, Spirit Award winner and members of the Honor Roll will be surprised at their schools with awards for themselves and their school ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 based on their category. The top five Grand Prize finalists will be flown to the National LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize Ceremony, which will be held in May 2018 in Bermuda.