A Desert Hot Springs band teacher recognized as a top educator by the state will be honored with a street dedication Friday.
Dr. Brian McDaniel, a band teacher at Painted Hills Middle School and a Desert Hot Springs native, was named both a California and Riverside County Teacher of the Year last year by state and county education officials.
McDaniel will be recognized Friday with an 8:15 a.m. ceremony at the corner of Sonora Drive and Avenida Jalisco, adjacent to the school.
McDaniel, one of five educators recognized by the California Department of Education as a 2018 California Teacher of the Year, has taught instrumental and vocal music at Painted Hills for the past two years. He also serves as the director of bands and choirs at Desert Hot Springs’ Bella Vista Elementary School and is an adjunct professor at Brandman University, School of Arts and Sciences.
Students Brandon Ulin, band president, and Kathryne Whalen, choir president, said in a joint statement that McDaniel “is our role model, friend and champion … he understands many of our issues because they were once his. He helps us with our family issues, insecurities, bullying and always finds a way to make us feel better.”
McDaniel’s recognition marked three straight years that a Riverside County teacher was included among the finalists for the state’s top teacher honors.
Other Coachella Valley educators honored by the county include Desert Hot Springs High School math teacher Michelle Beyronneau, and Edwin Detoya, who teaches robotics at Bobby Duke Middle School in Coachella. Both Beyronneau and Detoya were also among the top 20 finalists for the state’s Teacher of the Year award.
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