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Derrick Jordan

Derrick Jordan, who is in the second year of his doctoral studies, completed his undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University, where he served as student body president. After graduating, he taught English at the middle grades, high school and community college levels. He was named the 2001 Teacher of the Year for SouthWest Edgecombe High School.

In 2003, he earned a Master of School Administration degree from East Carolina University and subsequently served as an assistant principal in elementary, middle and high schools. While Jordan was principal of North Edgecombe High School, a rural school with a predominantly African American student body in an economically challenged community in eastern North Carolina, the school showed consistent growth in test scores and an increase in the college-going rate. In 2007, it was named “One of the Best High Schools in the Nation” by U.S. News & World Report.

Jordan currently is the director of secondary education for Chatham County Schools.