Derek is excited to bring over 14 years of experience as a classroom teacher and an educational leader to the Lavinia Group. Previously Derek has served as a principal of KIPP Liberation College Preparatory in Houston, Texas. Prior to becoming a principal, Derek served as an assistant principal for KIPP Texas Public Schools and Success Academy Charter Schools. As an educational leader and teacher, Derek has consistently improved educational outcomes by identifying new strategic opportunities, leveraging process improvement, and leading data-driven initiatives. He is passionate about evidence-based instructional practices and educational equity. Derek graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development. In addition, Derek holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University.