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2016 Heart of the School Awards Winner

Tamika Daniels

Two years as Principal and 17 years overall at George W.F. McMechen High School in Dorchester/Ashburton


Tamika Daniels lives her school’s mission of doing “Whatever It Takes” to help her students. As the leader of McMechen, a specialized high school that serves students with disabilities, Ms. Daniels has secured resources and built partnerships to ensure that her students’ needs are met. She invested funds to build a sensory room where students who are experiencing high anxiety can calm down. She has also fostered relationships with local businesses to provide students with job shadowing opportunities that allow them to build life skills. Ms. Daniels’ clear investment in and love for her students has been recognized by parents, as their Parent Teacher Organization has grown from 2-3 parents per meeting to 25 parents currently (in a school with 60 students). This respect is also shown from her teachers, one of whom wrote the following: “Ms. Tamika Daniels is a tireless advocate for her students and her staff. She has not only fostered an environment for learning, she has created a place where all stakeholders exhibit growth.”



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