Elizabeth Garcia

Elizabeth McDaniel, MBA, EdD Candidate

Elizabeth is an experienced classroom teacher and founder of Discovery Day Academy, a P21 Exemplar School. She began teaching in 2004 and gained experience in public, charter, and private school settings.  Her experience includes early childhood and primary and middle grades. A desire to improve teaching and learning, led to the founding of the academy in 2007. Elizabeth’s research was primarily focused on 21st century skills, project based learning, and cognitive teaching strategies. She earned her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Miami.  She is currently a doctoral candidate, fall 2023, at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, with a focus in Leadership and Learning in Organizations.

Elizabeth’s desire to impact student learning more broadly is the primary impetus for her work. She has dedicated her time to children’s issues through her local early learning coalition, serving on the Board of Directors from 2008-2010. She founded a non-profit organization, Active Citizens for Children, to benefit children in her hometown community of Clewiston, Florida. The organization continues to implement projects past her leadership.  Elizabeth was also a national principal fellow for America Achieves from 2014-2016.

In 2014, Elizabeth founded Eduthink.21, to provide schools and districts with practical implementation support for project based learning. The organization is focused on assisting schools globally with 21st century school design, custom PBL curriculum, and classroom strategies for deeper learning. Through the organization she has developed a project based learning model, used at her academy. She is a passionate empirical researcher and writer in the areas of deeper learning, cognitive development, creativity, play, 21st century student outcomes, and educational technology; she has blogged for multiple national education blogs including the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.