Native Wichitan is slated to appear in NBC show 'School Pride'

Maggie Howell said she plans to watch this Friday night's episode of "School Pride" at her parents' home in Wichita.

The 23-year-old Howell is a teacher of special needs children at Lanier Elementary in Baton Rouge, La. The school was picked last May by NBC "School Pride" executives for an extreme makeover. Howell is one of four teachers at the school camera crews followed during the filming process.

The show provides schools with extreme makeovers and highlights the dire situations schools face because of budget cuts and lack of funding.

"The whole school got a makeover but my room was tricked out," said Howell, who is a 2005 graduate of Wichita's Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Her classroom went from not having a white board to now having a giant Smart Board, she said Wednesday. The room also received six touch screen computers and 18 desktop computers.

"I teach children who are struggling in reading and math and to let them see in such a big way that people care about them and their education is huge."

The show's premiere was last Friday. This show is the second episode of the season and is expected to air on NBC's local affiliate, KSN-Channel 3, at 7 p.m. Friday.

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