Influencer of the Week: Christopher Daniels, Thornebrooke Elementary

Christopher Daniels is the principal at Thornebrooke Elementary.

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Orange County has many incredible principals leading its schools, and Thornebrooke Elementary Principal Christopher Daniels is one of them. Daniels began working at TES in 2006 as an assistant principal and became principal in 2008. A graduate of both Florida State University and Stetson University, Daniels also is TES’ longest-serving principal and has more than 30 years of experience in elementary education. 


What do you love most about your school?  

I love helping the children learn and develop in positive ways.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

My favorite part is giving the many awards and recognitions to students and teachers.

What made you want to take on this job? 

I love a challenge, and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children at Thornebrooke Elementary School.

What motivates you and pushes you to do your best? 

I have a drive to help all children and staff achieve to their highest levels in a positive atmosphere.

What’s the nicest thing a student or faculty member has done for you?  

Getting a handmade picture or card thanking me for helping a student is really nice. I recently received a letter from a student I taught almost 20 years ago. It really made my day!

What is the coolest place you have visited and why?  

The coolest place I’ve visited is Yellowstone National Park. I was camping with my son and we loved seeing the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 

I would have super speed, like the Flash. I could be everywhere I need to be in seconds. I could get so much more accomplished!

If you could see any musician, band or artist live, who would it be and why? 

I would want to see Bruce Springsteen. I have always heard his shows are great!

What is the best book you've ever read, and why do you consider it so?

I specifically remember loving "Johnny Tremain." But I also loved biographies when I was a student, which wasn't the norm for my age group.

Who inspires you?

I would have to say that John F. Kennedy has always been an inspiration. I have always had a quote of his hanging in my office.

What is your favorite sport and why? Favorite sports team?

My favorite sport has to be running. I ran cross country and track in high school and in college. I still love running today and remain active. My favorite team sport would be college football. FSU is my team as I am an (alumnus).


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