Elizabeth A. McDaniel, MBA, EdD Candidate

POSITION: Head of School-Curriculum Designer

Mrs. McDaniel is a Doctor of Education student at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, with a focus on Leadership and Learning in Organizations. She earned her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Miami.  She is the founder of Discovery Day Academy, with more than 15 years of experience in the education field; previously she was a public-school teacher. In 2014, Elizabeth founded Eduthink21, an organization with a focus on assisting schools globally with 21st century school design, custom PBL curriculum, and classroom strategies for deeper learning. Through her organization she has developed a project based learning model, used at Discovery Day Academy. She is a passionate empirical researcher and writer in the areas of deeper learning, cognitive development, creativity, play, 21st century student outcomes, and educational technology; she has blogged for multiple national education blogs including the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Elizabeth is a lifelong advocate of early learning. She has dedicated her time to children’s issues through her local early learning coalition, serving on the Board of Directors from 2008-2010. She founded a non-profit organization, Active Citizens for Children, to benefit children in her hometown community of Clewiston, Florida. The organization continues to implement projects past her leadership.  Elizabeth was also a national principal fellow for America Achieves from 2014-2016. She has two children and resides in Bonita Sprinngs, Florida, with her family.