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South Suburban Custodian Sergio Nuno Is LifeChanger of the Year Nominee


Matteson, IL – Sergio Nuno, a dedicated custodian serving Matteson School District 162, emerges as a standout nominee for the prestigious national LifeChanger of the Year award. Nuno’s remarkable contributions to the school community have earned him recognition for exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership in students’ lives.

Having devoted twelve years to Matteson School District 162 and Southland College Prep, Nuno’s nomination came from the district superintendent, Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, who lauded him as the “heart of the district.” The LifeChanger of the Year program, sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, aims to acknowledge and reward K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States for their impactful contributions.

Makes Everyone Feel Like Royalty

Dr. Davis emphasized Nuno’s influence, stating, “Sergio sets the atmosphere of the school. He has impacted our students’ lives by encouraging them and letting them know that they are seen and loved.” The sentiment is echoed by Southland music teacher Elizabeth Norman Sojourner, who commends Nuno for making everyone feel like royalty.

Hailing from Mexico at 18 to support his large family, Nuno considers District 162 and Southland his extended family. “I love my job,” Nuno expressed. “I will drop whatever I’m doing to help a student.” His role goes beyond custodial duties. Dr. Chip Johnson, a district administrator and the first principal of Southland says, “Sergio is more than a custodian. He is a caretaker.”

Nuno recently took on responsibilities at Richton Square School in Richton Park. The people he serves note his impact across various age groups. Kim McGuire, principal of Richton Square, notes his “gentle kindness” and describes him as a joy to work alongside.

Praise from an Alumna

Sergio Nuno and students
Mr. Nuno chats with students. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Nuno’s enduring impact on students is noteworthy, exemplified by Olivia Brown, a 2019 graduate of Southland and crisis counselor. Brown attests that Nuno’s encouragement played a pivotal role in transforming her bad days into good ones. She reminisces, “To know Sergio is to love him, and his thoughtfulness of others will never go unnoticed.”

In addition to being a nominee for the Spotlight Award, recognizing janitors and custodians, Nuno is also in contention for the LifeChanger of the Year grand prize, including a $5,000 cash prize and a trip for two to Hawaii. Furthermore, he is eligible for the Spirit Award, given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support.

Nuno’s impact is evident through the outpouring of support on his LifeChanger of the Year profile here. Administrators, teachers, staff, students, and alumni have shared their testimonials, providing the selection committee with a comprehensive view of Nuno’s profound influence. The committee will consider these comments as part of their evaluation process.

Click here to explore Sergio Nuno’s LifeChanger of the Year profile and show your support.


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