Lead Teacher - Stingrays / P.E. Coach
I am Mr. Derek, otherwise known as Coach Derek. I have almost 2 decades of experience working with children and joined The Goddard School in 2011. Each week, I lead our After School program and on Friday mornings I teach our P.E. class. During the summer, I lead our summer camp program.
I love working with kids and am thankful to have the opportunity to get to know them all. My philosophy is to be an example for my students because I believe that they learn through the actions of those around them. My favorite thing about being a teacher is keeping them engaged not only with our own activities, but with fun school involvement like talent shows, reading to different classrooms, and fashion shows. My goal is to continue to instill a love of learning, collaboration, and partnership/team work. Our Stingray students develop independence, confident, and team work in continuing the academics but also the social skills and emotional skills. We are a team and a family here at Goddard Windward!