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Elmont’s PPS Chair Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Caron Cox, chairperson of pupil personnel services at Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School, has been nominated for the 2016-17 LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards outstanding K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Cox, who was nominated by a colleague who wishes to remain anonymous, has been chairperson for eight years. She works tirelessly to ensure that Elmont Memorial provides an environment that supports the social and emotional well-being of every student. As a direct result of her efforts, the school is nationally recognized for its high academic achievement and for providing students of color access to the most rigorous coursework.

Under her leadership, the pupil personnel department has played an integral role in increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses. Last year, more than 650 AP exams were administered at the school.

“Ms. Cox works every day to make a positive difference in the life of every student she comes in contact with,” said her nominator. “She is living proof that all obstacles can be overcome. A few years ago, she suffered a brain aneurysm before she was scheduled to leave for a conference. Miraculously, and after a long recovery, she returned to Elmont Memorial in April 2014 and is even more passionate about ensuring that our students are provided with the best education possible. She truly is a life changer.”
Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all over the country. The national grand prize award is $10,000. Winners will be announced in the spring via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools.
To view Ms. Cox’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, visit