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Palm Springs teacher is among top in state and up for national award

By in Press Enterprise on October 12, 2017

By Craig Shultz

A Riverside County teacher on Wednesday, Oct. 11, was named one of five California Teachers of the Year.

Brian McDaniel, a band and choir teacher from Painted Hills Middle School in the Palm Springs Unified School District, will be the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

He is among three 2018 Teachers of the Year from Riverside County that were included on the list of the top 19 teachers in the state released Wednesday. The Coachella Valley educators were chosen from a list of nearly 300,000 teachers in California.

Edwin Detoya, a math and robotics teacher at Bobby Duke Middle School in the Coachella Valley Unified School District, was named as one of seven state finalists. Michelle Beyronneau, who teaches math at Desert Hot Springs High School in the Palm Springs Unified School District, was one of seven semifinalists.

This is the third year in a row, and the fourth in the past five, that Riverside County has had a California State Teacher of the Year. It marks the fifth year in a row that Riverside County has been recognized with multiple honorees at the California State Teacher of the Year competition.

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