North Platte’s Student Services Coordinator Brandy Buscher has been nominated for the national Life Changer of the Year award.

The award is presented to teachers and school district employees who inspire and go above and beyond for their students.

The award is sponsored by the National Life Group, which is primarily a life insurance company.

Buscher holds a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After graduation from UNK, she worked in Omaha for awhile, but wanted to raise her three children closer to her home in Sutherland, she told the Bulletin.

She took a job in North Platte as a dean of students at Adams Middle School. From there, she became a community liaison at the high school, where she also managed the Teammates mentoring program.

Working in those roles, she became aware of what struggling students need, and how schools could help. She became the school district’s coordinator of student services in 2016.

She also oversees attendance and has brought counselors to the schools to work with students. As part of her job, she knocks on doors and learns about homes to help students attend school. She attends a lot of juvenile court hearings.

Buscher has been instrumental in implementing the Dare to Go Below Five attendance program, the high school food pantry, as well as programs for the Nebraska Systems of Care Mental Health grant, McKinney Vento Homeless Youth grant and PASS (Alternatives to Suspensions Program).

Posting a supportive comment on a LifeChanger’s profile is a great way to tell them how much they mean to you. Comments are taken into consideration by the selection committee when determining winners. Additionally, the LifeChanger Spirit Award will be given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for his or her nomination. To express support, click HERE.

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