Hillary Daniels by Andrea Roth, English Teacher
She who succeeds in gaining mastery over the bicycle will gain mastery in life.
--Susan B. Anthony
Hillary Daniels has always been one on the move. Many consider her the resident Bike Guru. Not only does she bike to school rain or shine, but she also leads a student bike club and competes in numerous mountain biking events. Whether, mountain biking, kite surfing or travelling the world, Hillary is the truly master in a variety of pursuits.
Initially teaching in International Schools (she has travelled in over 50 countries around the globe), Hillary was drawn to PCS due to its like-minded people drawn towards a global mission in education. When asked if she would ever do anything other than teach, she replied, “I think I was born to be a teacher.” For those who have to benefit to work with her, this is quite apparent!
Hillary’s extraordinary talents benefit PCS in a myriad of ways. She offers her expertise not only as the 7th Grade Study Skills teacher, but also as the 9th grade Health teacher, W.E.B. (Where Everyone Belongs) Advisor, and Technology Support Specialist for faculty.
As Study Skills teacher for 7th grade, Hillary “works her magic” giving students foundational skills needed for their six years at PCS. In addition to note taking, technology, time management and organizational tools, Study Skills is the place to learn cyber safety, stress management and overall student citizenship. In Health, Hillary gives 9th grade students much needed instruction in nutrition, physical/mental/emotional/sexual heath, and substance abuse awareness. For W.E.B., Hillary trains and facilitates mentorship skills for our High School students so they may empower and support or in coming 7th graders. And, if that’s not all, Hillary is “the wind beneath our wings” when it comes to technology, giving the faculty much needed help with our online grading and communication systems.
One can see why Hillary’s favorite book is The Giving Tree. She, like the tree, has much to provide and gives it willingly. Her heart and energy serves students and faculty alike, in classroom and out. Our community is the stronger because of it.