She's passionate. She has the power to teach and inspire students. And she always takes time to spread cheer to her co-workers. Who is she? Maggie Daniels â€” Newton-Conover City Schools' 2011-12 Teacher of the Year.
"I'm completely humbled and appreciative to be here," Daniels said, during Thursday's Teacher of the Year banquet at Newton-Conover High School.
Daniels teaches English at NCHS, where she started her career five years ago after graduating from Notre Dame University. To Daniels, she's doing more than teaching; she's following her heart's desires.
During the fiscal year that begins July 1 Newton plans to tackle $2.4 million in projects to rehabilitate water and sewer lines.
City leaders say those projects will not only improve decades-old infrastructure that often fails, they will also improve the city's ability to protect citizen property from fires.
Newton will also spend $373,500 on a new records management system for the police department, replacing technology that has no back-up, and if it fails could wipe out all the information the city's law enforcement maintains.