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Derrick came to R-MA in 2008 after serving ten years as a history and geography teacher and Dean of Academics at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California. His education career, however, began at The University of Arizona College of Education where he served as an administrator for an inner-city outreach program.

Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from The Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in History from The University of Arizona. His professional affiliations are with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association for the Social Studies. He is also a member of and current president of the Front Royal Rotary Club.

He is married to Michelle Cantlebary, and they have two children, Grant (R-MA Class of 2024) and Elena.