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Lisa McDaniel

Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Russell Christian Academy
School District: Russell Christian Academy
City, State: Meridian, MS

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Lisa McDaniel was nominated by her friend, Langford Knight.

"I have known Mrs. McDaniel and her family for 20+ years through our church, Russell Baptist Church. When we started the school, Russell Christian Academy, 18 years ago, I was pleased to see her become an instrumental part of the school. I know that she and her husband adopted a nephew and niece at young ages after the children's parents had some challenges. Professionally, I have served on the Board of Directors for Russell Christian Academy and have witnessed Lisa's loving and nurturing support for her students. She teaches them the curriculum to prepare them for the next grade level, but more importantly, she teaches them that each one is a special, individual gift. I would describe Mrs. McDaniel as a 'predictably principled' teacher and mentor and an outstanding influence in our school and community. I would be thrilled to know that she would be teaching my children or grandchildren," said Knight.