Danny Steele is in his 25th year of public education, and the 2017-2018 school year will mark his fourth year as the principal of Thompson Sixth Grade Center in the Alabaster City School System. Prior to this position, he served as a high school principal for three years, as an assistant principal for ten years, and as a teacher and coach for eight years. In 2005, Steele was recognized as the “Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year” for the state of Alabama, and in 2016 he was named Alabama's Secondary Principal of the Year. Steele has an undergraduate degree in History from Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA). He has an M.A. in History from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and an Educational Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership – both from Samford University in Birmingham. Steele participated in Alabama’s Superintendent’s Academy in 2014, and he has served on External Review Teams for AdvancED. He has spoken at various state and national conferences and writes an education leadership blog that has received over two million page views. He resides with his wife and three children in Birmingham, Alabama.