Hickman Mills announces new principal and administrator

The Hickman Mills C-1 School District (HMC-1) Board of Education named Michelle McDaniel the new principal of Millennium at Santa Fe  Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year.  

Michelle McDaniel

“We are happy to have Ms. McDaniel continue her work as an educator in HMC-1 in  this new role,” said Board of Education President Byron Townsend. “We are  confident that she will ensure that teachers, staff, parents and community partners  have a successful school year.” 

Ms. McDaniel is an experienced and reflective educator, with more than 20 years of experience in education. She  has served in various positions within the St. Louis City Public Schools, St. Louis County Special School District,  Riverview Gardens Schools District, Fontbonne University, and Harris Stowe University as a Special Education  Teacher, mentor, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Adjunct Professor.  

“Ms. McDaniel has distinguished herself as the candidate for Millennium through her commitment for educational  equity, access and excellence for all learners,” said HMC-1 Superintendent Yaw Obeng, M. Ed. “She has shown a  commitment to student success, supporting teachers and academic growth.” 

Ms. McDaniel education experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people  to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being, and looks forward to continuing that  work at HMC-1. 

“It is an honor to be selected as the new principal for Millennium,” said Ms. McDaniel. “I am excited to continue the  great work at HMC-1 where every student has the opportunity to learn and thrive, by providing a positive learning  environment, a committed and focused educational team, and an encouraging community.”  

Brian McDavitt

New Instructional Administrative Intern 

Ms. McDaniel will be joined by Brian McDavitt, who will hold a new position at Millennium  as the Instructional Administrative Intern for the district. Mr. McDavitt has been a part of  HMC-1 for the past five years, serving as a supplemental teacher at Millennium. He has more  than 15 years of experience in the public education field.  

Mr. McDavitt holds a BA in elementary education from Graceland University, a masters in  technology enhanced teaching from MidAmerica Nazarene University, an Ed.S. in educational leadership from  Arkansas State University, and is currently completing a doctorate in educational leadership at Arkansas State  University. He is looking forward to this new position and will be a great partner for Ms. McDaniel.  

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