BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Morgan County Schools social worker Gary McDaniel was chosen as the state's Social Worker of the Year for 2010 by the West Virginia Department of Education for a good reason.
McDaniel has introduced innovative programs to help kids succeed, and it's working. He was nominated by Morgan County Schools co-workers, he said.
His boss agrees.
"Gary's strength is his innovative approach to taking on challenges," said Morgan County Schools Superintendent David Banks. "He's exceptional at keeping the focus on what's best for kids, especially when working on the connection between family and school."
"I get right to the issue," McDaniel said. "I treat the person in their environment."
McDaniel created and introduced programs at Widmyer Elementary, Warm Springs Intermediate and Warm Springs Middle schools, he said.
"It's working together as a whole team," he said.
He provided crisis-prevention intervention training to staff and the school bus drivers at Warm Springs Intermediate School and Pleasant View Elementary School. He said he also trained a team at Paw Paw, W.Va., schools and at Widmyer Elementary School.