MSA Teacher of the Year Program

William Daniel from Boone High School in Orlando,
Florida Named 2015 National Magnet School Teacher of the Year

Washington, DC May 4, 2015 - Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools is pleased to announce that William Daniel from Boone High School in Orlando, FL is the 2015 National Magnet School Teacher of the Year. Through a competitive application process, Mr. Daniel was selected from a group of Regional Teachers of the Year dispersed across the country in MSA’s eight regions. The award was announced during the Magnet Schools of America’s 33rd National Conference in Raleigh, NC April 25, 2015.

William Daniel has been teaching for more than 20 years helping to establish the Academy of Finance at Boone High School. He appreciates the value of providing hands on experience to his students, whether through the Boone Branch of the Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union, which has been housed on Boone High School’s campus since 2011, participating in the Internal Revenue service’s

VITA program preparing tax returns on campus for community members and saving an estimated $12,520 in tax preparation fees, or through his own program, SAVES (Students Achieving Viable Economic Stability), a service learning project that brings together students from several schools to design and implement a curriculum that will sharpen each student’s abilities in many different learning areas.

“On behalf of Orange County Public Schools, I would like to thank the Magnet Schools of America for  honoring me with the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award,” said Bill Daniel. “For the past 21 years, I am very proud to state that I consider myself as having arguably the best teaching job in the country. Working entirely in a project-based learning setting with the support of the National Academy Foundation and our district office, the Academy of Finance magnet program at Boone High School is a shining example of what is possible when a public school system works one-to-one with the private sector for the benefit of all students. In such a setting, opportunities abound when it comes to School-to-Work Programming, Technological Applications and Community Partnerships. Add in the fact that financial literacy by its very nature is perhaps the most transformative subject that a child can learn while in school, and you have all the makings for a program that serves as a catalyst for student growth.”

The National Magnet School Teacher of the Year Award was established in 2010 and is given annually to an outstanding magnet school teacher who is acknowledged by their peers, parents and students for their exemplary contributions made to their profession. These educators have demonstrated their skill and ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, as well as their aptitude for building relationships with parents and members of their community.

Congratulations to our 2015 Regional Magnet Teachers of the Year:

 

REGION I - CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT

Erin E. Wilson, STEM Instructional Coach for Math & Literacy
Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School
Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
Theme(s): Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

 

REGION II - DE, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV, DC, Int'l

Mark Kather, Teacher
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Theme(s): Career and Technology Education and Environmental Science

 

REGION III - AL, FL, GA, PR, Virgin Islands

William J. Daniel III, Finance Teacher
William R. Boone High School
Orange County Public Schools, Florida
Theme(s): Criminal Justice, Law, and Finance

 

REGION IV - KY, NC, SC, TN

Latoya Scott, Science Teacher
Atkins Academic & Technology High School
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
Theme(s): STEM: Majors in Biotechnology, Engineering, Health Science, Game Art Design, and Scientific Visualization

 

REGION V - AR, LA, NM, OK, MS, TX

Rachel F. Gibson, First Grade Teacher
Parker Elementary
Galveston Independent School District, Texas
Theme(s): International Studies

 

REGION VIII - AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, American Samoa, Marianas Islands, and Trust Territory of the Pacific

Shirley McLees, Magnet Coordinator
Clark High School
Clark County School District, Nevada
Theme(s): The Academy of Math, Science, and Applied Technology (AMSAT); The Academy of Finance (AOF); and TEACH Academy