The following testimonial was shared by Columbus City Schools in selecting Deirdre McDaniel as a 2016 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator. 

Deirdre McDaniel has been an invested member to help create a climate that is conducive for learning. She seeks out advice from all stakeholders, and she works tirelessly to improve the conditions of our school as a whole in the following areas: administration, special education, school climate, teacher working conditions, and overall student achievement. She has been a model for what I would like to see in all of our staff members.