Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Brandon Daniel!

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Brandon Daniel standing with 2018-2019 Principal of the Year Dr. Kimberly Ferrell during the TOTY Celebration at Burton Magnet Elementary School.


5th Grade Teacher, Burton Magnet Elementary School

The experience of being raised by his grandparents, growing up in Durham, and being a product of Durham Public Schools have helped shape Brandon Daniel into the teacher he is today. While he didn’t grow up with lots of material things, he was surrounded with social, emotional and educational support from his grandparents who encouraged Daniel to watch, learn and do things himself – the same principles that he uses in his classroom.

While Daniel has had many important teachers in his life, from college professors, teacher assistants and his wife, he credits his students with being his most important teachers. Through his students, Daniel has learned that an engaged student is the best behavior management for any teacher; that they understand math and science better when they “do” it; that smiles and respect both need reciprocity; and most importantly how to be a better teacher, parent and overall human being.

“Mr. Daniel motivates his students to unlock their hidden potential. His ability to facilitate rigorous learning through increased student engagement sets him apart from other educators,” said Burton Elementary principal Dr. Kimberly Ferrell. “In 2018, 95 percent of his students were proficient on the North Carolina Science EOG. But his most distinguishing quality is his love for his students and the impact he is making in our school.”

Daniel has been teaching at Burton since 2013 and was a finalist for the Durham Public Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year in 2017. He received both his bachelor and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University.

2019-2020 TOTY Video

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Award Presentation

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Pictured from L to R: Brandon Daniel, Tracey Barrett, Ellen Holmes, Holly Woodard and Camesa Dawson

We are also proud of our Teacher of the Year finalists and semifinalists for all of their hard work and success in supporting our students and school communities.

  • Brandon Daniel, Science and Math Teacher, Burton Magnet Elementary School
  • Tracey Barrett, U.S. History Teacher, City of Medicine Academy
  • Camesa Dawson, Kindergarten Teacher, Eastway Elementary School
  • Ellen Holmes, Spanish Teacher, Riverside High School
  • Holly Woodard, English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, Holt Elementary Language Academy

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Semifinalists

  • Maureen Goan, Bethesda Elementary
  • Jennifer Harrison, Morehead Montessori Elementary
  • Marie Hopkins, Club Boulevard Elementary
  • Mary Katherine Napier Bailey, Jordan High
  • Keaundra Robinson, Rogers-Herr Middle
  • LaToya Thomas, Glenn Elementary
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