Derek stumbled onto his love of teaching in Taiwan. He spent three years teaching kindergarten there to fund his world adventures before returning to Canada to pursue a teaching degree.
The Grade 5/6 teacher has been with the division for seven years. During his two years on the WTA Executive he has worked to ensure fair and equitable treatment for members.
He says he was much cooler in high school than he realized at the time – though claiming that now suggests he sees himself as a judge of coolness, which is arguably not cool. it is cool that he enjoyed learning history and politics in school, which helped nurture his travel bug.
Favourite 90s (or 2000s) jam: Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill