Campbellsville High School bookkeeper Kim Thompson is a finalist for the LifeChanger of the Year award.
The award honors school employees and teachers who inspire students and go above and beyond their call of duty.
LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing elementary, middle and high school educators and school employees across the country.
The program, sponsored and operated by the National Life Group and the National Life Group Foundation, celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Thompson is a finalist for the 2017-2018 award.
To qualify for the LifeChanger of the Year award, nominees must be an educator, teacher, administrator or any member of a school’s staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students.
Thompson, who has worked at Campbellsville Independent Schools since 2006, was nominated for the honor by CIS Superintendent Kirby Smith and CHS Principal David Petett.
In the nomination, Petett writes that CHS has achieved great academic success, due, in part, to a culture of excellence that focuses on individual students, making sure they have the care and motivation they need to succeed.
“Students view Mrs. Thompson as a provider of care and a big motivator behind their success,” he wrote.
Thompson graduated from CHS and has wears the Eagle banner proudly, Petett said.
“ … And is a wonderful advocate for the District,” he wrote. “Above all, she cares about all students and staff.
“Mrs. Thompson has four kids of her own who attend school in the District, but she has hundreds of other Eagle students who she treats as her own children as well.
“She pours her time, effort and energy into students, making sure they have whatever needed to get through the day. She provides snacks, car rides, kind words, pats on the back and words of wisdom to students.”
Petett wrote, “Mrs. Thompson truly loves her students and has done wonders in building a positive culture at CHS. She handles the many responsibilities of her job and pitches in to volunteer at basically every on-campus event. She always lends an ear to her colleagues and many turn to her in times of need or when seeking advice.
"I am proud to share an office with Mrs. Thompson and know that our school is a better place because of her impact, and that the lives of our students are better because of her.”
LifeChanger of the Year award winners will be chosen by a national selection committee early next year. The winners will be announced in spring.
Thompson is married to Greg Thompson and they have four children, including Campbellsville Middle School sixth-grader Chloe Thompson and eighth-grader Tayler Thompson, CHS sophomore Bailey Thompson and CMS teacher Paige Cook.
To support Thompson, visit app.lifechangeroftheyear.com/nomination_list.cfm.