Derek provides technical assistance to districts and states across the region through REL Northwest and other projects. Derek received a an M.A.T. from Pacific University and an Ed.D. from George Fox University. Derek is a former music and math teacher and has worked extensively in the fields of educational research and policy. Derek is an expert in assessment and school accountability. He served as a senior leader at the Oregon Department of Education for six years, most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Assessment and Accountability.
“I believe education is a community-building endeavor. Not only does it take a community to create positive outcomes for students, but through rich and meaningful educational experiences, we help build and strengthen communities."