Each year, Baltimore City Public Schools celebrates the achievements of its best educators with the Teacher of the Year award. Nominees are subjected to a competitive process that includes applications, essays, and recommendations followed by interviews and classroom observations. City Schools' Teacher of the Year then goes on to represent the district in the statewide contest.
This year, Marquette University College of Education is pleased to report that Nicholas R. McDaniels, Arts '09 was among three finalists for the award.
McDaniels teaches English, law and peer group connection to 10th and 12th graders at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore. In addition to pushing his students to do more and be more McDaniels currently leads a school greening plan that includes planting more than 100 trees, launching a recycling program, and helping to secure grant funding to reduce the impact of storm water damage at his school.
"It is an honor each day to work with teenagers and share with them in the process of learning," McDaniels says in response to the honor. "To be recognized as a finalist for Baltimore City Schools Teacher of the Year simply for doing something I love is just an added benefit. I am fortunate to teach along side some of the hardest working people in this country, people who every day give of their skills for the benefit of children. I am incredibly grateful to have learned so much from so many great teachers over the years, for Marquette's College of Education for preparing me to teach for social justice, and for my students who teach me so much."
McDaniels is a regular blogger at The Marquette Educator, where he shares his insights on the challenges of teaching in a large urban school district.
“Nick’s recognition as a Teacher of the Year finalist in Baltimore, while clearly impressive, comes as no surprise to me," says Dean Bill Henk. "Dating back to his days as a student leader in the College of Education, his promise as an educator qualified as both abundant and unmistakable. Beyond the remarkable skill he exercises in the classroom now, he is a fierce advocate for his students, and his uncommon insightfulness as a professional goes on full display every time he writes for the Marquette Educator. We could not be more proud of him.”
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