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McDaniel: Make it something that youre sharing, not pushing
Michallene McDaniel, Gainesville State College associate professor of sociology, teaches an upper level class on diversity and social justice. - photo by SARA GUEVARA | The Times
Michallene McDaniel | Gainesville State College Michallene McDaniel has been with Gainesville State for more than a decade but said she feels like she hasn’t worked a day in her life.“I think, if my job was just to get across curriculum every day, I think that would not be terribly gratifying,” she said. “But the fact that education has the ability to help transform people’s lives is extraordinarily gratifying.”She has been published in numerous textbooks and professional journals and was named “Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year” at Gainesville State and named to The Princeton Review’s Top 300 professors list.Why did you choose teaching?“I always liked the idea of teaching when I was growing up but ended up teaching out of pursuing a degree in sociology. I figured out that I could either analyze data for a big corporation and do sociology that way or I could take this thing that I really loved and really found fascinating and helpful in people’s lives and share it with them.