Kia Myrick McDaniel has dedicated her career to supporting equitable educational opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students. She received her BA in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Bilingual Special Education from The George Washington University. She has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, ESOL teacher and instructional specialist and ESOL Instructional Supervisor in a large district, supporting the curriculum and instruction for approximately 26,000 English Learners (ELs), K-12. Kia currently serves as the Coordinating Supervisor of Specialty Programs in Prince George’s County Public Schools (Maryland), leading efforts to support Advanced Programs, Environmental Science, ESOL, H.B. Owens Science Center, Immersion, and Talented and Gifted Programs.
Kia also serves as adjunct faculty at Trinity University (DC) and McDaniel College. As a consultant she conducts professional development workshops, designs and evaluates curriculum and assists school districts and organizations in developing resources that effectively meet the language needs of ELs. She is a recipient of the OSEP Culturally Responsive Educational Leaders in Special Education (CRELSE) Grant and is completing her doctoral dissertation focused on evidence and research-based practices for supporting ELs with disabilities.