Brian McDaniel

Brian McDaniel

School: Painted Hills Middle School
District: Palm Springs Unified School District
County: Riverside County
Region: Southern California
Grade: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Subject: Choir, Music

Dr. Brian McDaniel, a 2018 California Teacher of the Year and 2019 Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Finalist, is a music educator who has raised over $1 Million through grants, donations, sponsorships, and fundraisers to ensure access for every child in his program. As an educator since 2006, he has successfully built award winning Elementary, Middle and High Schools music programs, serves in Leadership with various school and teacher organizations, and is an Educational Justice Advocate who is passionate about helping students overcome obstacles through academic opportunities. Choosing to serve in a Title I school, he founded The Regiment, his student-led music organization that serves as a safety net for students; helping kids to overcome the trials of school and life. The Regiment continuously improves school climate and academic performance by living up to their motto of rising “Beyond All Expectations”.

Brian is a speaker, writer, advocate, dream builder, and music educator