Dr. Dakeyan C. Graham currently serves as Executive Director for the Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice at the Florida Department of Education. In 2020, he was selected as Florida Teacher of the Year & Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education. He holds Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees in Music Ed. (UF), a Master’s in Ed. Leadership (Concordia), & a Ph.D. in Music Ed. (USF). He is pursuing an EdD in Learning Design & Information Technology from FSU and a DMA in Conducting from UF. He previously served as Director of Instrumental Studies at his alma mater, C. Leon King High School (2009-2020). His students demonstrated determination, focus, & tenacity & earned a performance position in the prestigious Carnegie Hall. While president of the Hillsborough Secondary Music Council & founder of the Eastern Coalition of Music Directors, Dr. Graham traveled the state as an FBA & FOA adjudicator. His passion is to continue to positively impact the next generation of world changers.