By CBS3 Staff

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — A former principal in Camden got an emotional surprise on Wednesday. She went back to Forest Hill Elementary School to visit, unaware she was about to get a national honor.

Former principal Fatihah Abdur-Rahman learned she was selected as a National Life Changer of the Year. 

Former Principal Fatihah Abdur-Rahman Honored As National Life Changer Of The Year In Camden

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“Thank you for the life-changing impact you’ve made,” one woman said.

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Abdur-Rahman was one of five selected, out of more than 850 nominations.

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Abdur-Rahman and the school will receive $2,500 each from the National Life Group. The award recognizes K-12 educators and school employees nationwide.