DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - Palm Springs Unified School District announced on Wednesday that a Desert Hot Springs teacher has been named as a winner of the 2018 California Teachers of the Year award and has been nominated as the state's representative for National Teacher of the Year.
Brian McDaniel, an 11-year instrumental and vocal music teacher, has been teaching at Painted Hills Middle School for the past two years.
He also serves as Director of Bands and Choirs at both PHMS and Bella Vista Elementary School and is an adjunct professor at Brandman University, School of Arts and Sciences.
McDaniel is one of five California teachers to receive the award.
"It's mind-blowing, it's life-changing. It's the first time we've ever had any one come out of Desert Hot Springs. It's my town and I'm excited to represent my town," said McDaniel.
Earlier this year, McDaniel was one of three local teachers selected as Riverside County Teacher of the Year.
Today's announcement was a double positive for the Palm Springs Unified School District.
Michelle Beyronneau, a math teacher at Desert Hot Springs High School, was announced as a runner up in Teacher of the Year.
"I don't know if anyone comes as a teacher for the recognition,but what I really appreciate about this process is the recognition it has brought for my community and my students," said Beyronneau.
McDaniel is now set to compete with other state nominees for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced next spring.
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