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Mr. McDaniel Takes the Spotlight

Jackson Winters, Staff Writer

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As a student, it is sometimes hard to understand the connection between teacher and student. The attachment of a Mr or Ms to the front of each of our names is something unprecedented to us as students, but the aspect of “freshman” teachers helps us understand this idea.

Mr. McDaniel, a first year English teacher, helps us understand this gap. When asked about what his favorite experience was thus far, he talked about the transition between high schools. He says that seeing everyone else getting lost along the way makes it easier to feel in place. Among the confusion, he has also enjoyed sharing his passion for literature, which has been one of his aspirations as a teacher. He enjoys teaching about The Crucible, despite its darker themes, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Of Mice and Men.

Despite moving around a lot as a kid, somewhere around fifteen times, his inner circle always remained the same: unconventional and eclectic. This made it easy for him to embrace challenges like filmmaking or writing a book. This passion for the arts eventually led to a spot in a St. Louis television show, and he even has an IMBD page dedicated to his time there. He is also writing his own novel, and hopes to publish someday.

With a differing background from most, from being an actor, to a writer, and now to a teacher, Mr. McDaniel is a renaissance man. His passion for the arts is something seen both in his classroom, with walls packed with various pop culture references, and in his resume. He is obviously in his own habitat in the classroom, and PBHS is glad to have him.

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