2020 Difference Maker

You can now nominate your FOCUS Facilitator as a “Difference Maker!”

The “Difference Maker” award program will take the place of the FOCUS School of the Year.

The Facilitator chosen as the “Difference Maker” will receive $1,000 cash to be used however they choose. The “Difference Maker” will be chosen based on their school’s activities, their level of involvement with FOCUS, and the creation of successful prevention activities and events.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The FOCUS Facilitator must be nominated using the Difference Maker form below

  • The winner must be a facilitator at a registered FOCUS school (register here)

  • The deadline to nominate your Facilitator as the 2020 Difference Maker is TBD 

Judging Criteria:

  • The school’s FOCUS activities that were led by the Facilitator.

  • The Facilitator's level of involvement with FOCUS throughout the year.

  • The Facilitator has demonstrated dedication and commitment to creating successful prevention activities and events.

Winner Will Receive:

The selected Difference Maker will receive $1,000 cash to be used however they choose.

For more information on the program please contact Sue Jones at sjones@thefocusprogram.com or April Freitag at afreitag@thefocusprogram.com











FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                         Sue C. Jones, FOCUS Director

May 6, 2019                                                                                                                           (256) 453-0655                                                                                                                                                                 sjones@thefocusprogram.com


Congratulations to Charlotte Spurlin

the “2019 Difference Maker”

FOCUS Program’s Outstanding Facilitator




(Birmingham, AL) FOCUS is pleased to announce Charlotte Spurlin, Andalusia High School, as the winner of the 2019 Difference Maker Award which recognizes the most outstanding educator facilitating FOCUS in Alabama. The Difference Maker Award was created to honor those whose passion, enthusiasm, and leadership have resulted in real successes in the prevention of adolescent risk behaviors in their school and community. As the winner of this award, Mrs. Spurlin will receive $1,000 cash, a trophy, and framed certificate.


According to Sue Jones, Executive Director of FOCUS, nominations came from students, parents, and school administrators. The finalists were nominated from middle and high schools currently registered as FOCUS schools. The winner was selected by vote of representatives from statewide community organizations who serve as partners with FOCUS.


An individual nominating Mrs. Spurlin stated, “Charlotte is extremely dedicated to her work with Focus. She has a genuine heart for our students at Andalusia High School, and it shows through her organization of programs.”


Charlotte Spurlin is the library media specialist and Peer Helper Club sponsor at Andalusia High School in Andalusia, Alabama. She is married to Bill Spurlin, and they have two daughters, Belle and Brynne. She has a BA in English from AUM, a MS in Secondary English Education from Troy University, and a MS in Library Media Science from the University of South Alabama. She has been in education since 1993. 


Charlotte started the Peer Helpers Club at Andalusia High eleven years ago, and the school became a FOCUS school immediately thereafter. She enjoys working with students concerning the issues they face in making safe, healthy choices for life, but she most enjoys facilitating students in making a difference in the lives of their peers. She proclaims her students as the real difference makers.


We are honored to recognize Charlotte Spurlin for her outstanding leadership. Congratulations and thank you to Mrs. Spurlin for her work in reducing the incidence of adolescent risk behaviors and truly Making a Difference in the lives of students!   

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