President Barack Obama greets Daris McInnis before the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept., 12, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
By: Linda E. Alberty, M.A.
Those with equal rank or higher remember him by his nickname “Baby Captain.” Others earlier in his career remember him as Second Lieutenant McInnis, and still to so many four and five year olds living in both New Orleans and Washington D.C., Daris McInnis is no doubt their champion.
As a PreSchool lead teacher at Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., Daris serves 22 three year-olds children from the moment the bell rings to the time families greet them for dismissal.
Among Daris’ highest achievements—graduating The U.S. Army Officers Candidate School as a second lieutenant, leading 88 military personnel, cooks, chaplains assistants, and medics in the fuel dispensary, receiving a promotion to captain, and receiving a graduate degree in International Administration, Daris considers what he does today as an early childhood teacher his greatest experience. “If there was any other defining moment in my life, it has been working with my kids. They have changed my life,” Daris said.
President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton greet AmeriCorps participants in the Map Room before the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept., 12, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
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