Zach McDaniel grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and graduated 7th in his class from Chaffee Jr. / Sr. High School in 2007. He went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. There he was a member of the Men's Varsity Baseball and Football teams, a member of Student Ambassadors, President of the Education Association, Vice President of Kappa Alpha Order, Secretary of Student Foundations and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a member of the Skulls of Seven Secret Society. McDaniel spent 5 years teaching physical education, health, character education, US History, AP World History, World Geography, and Eastern Hemisphere Anthropology in Missouri public schools. While teaching, he earned his Master of Science in Education (emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction) from Arkansas State University (online) in 2014. He also earned his Education Specialist (emphasis in Supervision & Instruction) from University of the Cumberlands (online) in 2017. Currently, in his eighth year, he teaches in DeSoto County Schools in Northwest Mississippi; serves as an adjunct professor of education for Lenoir-Rhyne University (online); and teaches part time online courses. McDaniel will graduate with his Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in 2019.