On January 26, the Newton Board of Education recognized five staff members as part of the Governor's Educator of the Year Program. Those staff members were:
- Lisa Bechtel, Student Assistance Counselor, Newton High School
- Keri Carrino-Bracchi, Speech Teacher, Merriam Avenue School
- Kara Hartzell, Music Teacher, Halsted Middle School
- Yvonne LaForge, Science Teacher, Newton High School
- Linda Salerno, Teacher Coach, Merriam Avenue School
- Tap Into Newton published an article with excerpts from speeches by the building principals, pictures, and further details of the recognition event.