(WHAS11) - For five years, Larue County, Kentucky has been part of the WHAS-TV Excel Award program for public school teachers.
And in that time, Excel Day has become a community tradition.
Our Gary Roedemeier traveled to Hodgenville to honor Larue County's Teacher of the Year. And he learned that Excel winner Peggy Newton comes from a family of teachers. Peggy Newton admits that she loves to teach, and she's encouraged all of her children to become teachers.
For the last 16 years, she's been a first grade teacher, and she says her students are like snowflakes; everyone is unique, and they leave a lasting impression in her mind.
It is time to celebrate in Mrs. Newton's classroom because their teacher is Larue County's best.
In a packed gymnasium, there was a lot to celebrate in words and song.
31 years of teaching was rewarded.
This moment was made possible by another dedicated teacher, years ago.
A desire to be a special teacher follows Peggy into the classroom everyday.
For Peggy Newton, it's all about the rewards at the end of the day.
Peggy Newton, teacher of the year in Larue County, setting the building blocks for the future of education.
As an Excel Award winner, Peggy Newton receives a one thousand dollar teacher grant from the sponsor E-On U.S.
We have five more excel awards to present this spring, including next Wednesday in Hardin County and April 8th in the Greater Clark County School System.