Kevin Daniel named R-7 associate superintendent of instruction and leadership

January 29, 2014 

Kevin Daniel was named Lee’s Summit R-7 School District associate superintendent of instruction and leadership by the Board of Education at a Jan. 23 meeting.

Daniel begins his new job in July and will replace Ann Starlin-Horner, who is retiring in June. 

Daniel is currently serving as assistant superintendent for academic services in the Raymore-Peculiar School District. He has worked as an administrator at Raymore-Peculiar since 2002. During his tenure at Raymore-Peculiar, the district won the Commissioner’s Award for High Quality Professional Development in 2012 and was recognized with the Outstanding Instructional Team Award by the Missouri Staff Development Council in 2011.

Daniel received the Central Office Award for outstanding leadership and service in Professional Learning Communities in 2007 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He also has authored several articles on leadership, school improvement and effective teaching practices.   

Daniel is one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 Powerful Learning Conference where he will present “What Does Shared Leadership Mean to Me.” He was also a keynote speaker in 2012 and presented on Focused Leadership in a Professional Learning Community. 

He previously served as high-school principal and coordinator of curriculum and assessment in the Lathrop School District and as a high-school principal, teacher and coach in the Pattonsburg School District. He has worked as an adjunct instructor at Baker University, William Woods University and Northwest Missouri State University and taught social studies in the Upward Bound Program summer program at Northwest Missouri State University. In all, Daniel has worked in education for 24 years.       

He received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Pattonsburg School District. While working at Lathrop High School, he was named Principal of the Year for the northwest district by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. In addition, he was twice named Teacher of the Year in the Upward Bound Program.      

A Lee’s Summit resident, Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education, his master’s degree in educational leadership and his education specialist (superintendent), all from Northwest Missouri State University, and his doctorate in educational leadership from St. Louis University. 

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