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Derek is currently the academic director of an elementary school in Ottawa. A specialist in reading as well as students with exceptionalities, Derek is a digital leader and passionate educator who believes in building relationships to improve our school system and better support students. When students are comfortable enough to fail then they are empowered to succeed. Derek is a father of two, a husband, a dog and cat owner. He is also a jiu jitsu practitioner and amateur philosopher. Derek’s interests lay in many places, while in education he enjoying breaking down the philosophies that build up our educational paradigms.