“Great leaders empathize with their teams, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.”
Being a first-generation college student, Derrick never thought that he would have an opportunity to attend college. He was quiet, sat in the back of his classes, and he was a struggling learner. He lacked
motivation, and he did not see the value in what he was learning in school.
After high school, he was afforded the opportunity to attend college—which he almost passed up. His struggles continued throughout college, but his sophomore year, at the age of 20, one of his college professors took interest in him. She gave Derrick his first book he’d ever read in its entirety, Earnest Gaines’ A Gathering of Old Men. He read it in its entirety, and for the first time, he started to feel differently about school. For a long time, Derrick thought that reading that book changed his life because it ignited a love of reading in him. However, in hindsight, he realized that it was the interest that his college professor had taken in him that helped him choose to learn continuously. He realized that he struggled less when he had relationships with teachers. He looked forward to coming to class more, he had enlightened conversations, and he experienced several opportunities that he would not have gotten had he continued to hide in the back of classes.
Empower52 uses researched-based practices to create relevant professional learning to help excel teachers and students to their optimal learning potentials.
Empower52 is an organization that prioritizes the whole student. We provide a tailored program to ensure that our partners have the toolbox to build the ideal ecosystem necessary to set their individuals and teams up for success.Empower52 uses researched-based practices to create relevant professional learning that empowers stakeholders to reach their optimum potential.
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Empower52 is an organization that prioritizes the whole person. We provide tailored programs to ensure that our partners have the toolbox to build the ideal ecosystem necessary to set their individuals and teams up for success. Empower52 uses researched-based practices to create relevant professional learning that empowers stakeholders to reach their optimum potential.
Want to come and join our Team?
Our mission is to collaborate with partners, with an inquiry-based approach, to build complete relationships with students and within their teams to fully unlock their untapped potential and empower them to investigate their curiosity, which has a positive impact on academic success.
To offer research-based strategies to empower partners to form positive relationships, magnificent cultures, and psychologically safe ecosystems.
After graduating from college with a B.A in English Literature, Derrick concluded that if positive relationships enhanced his learning, then it might work for others. Derrick decided to test his theory. He started a career in education in Jackson, Mississippi as a high school English teacher, and he’s never looked back. Throughout his 15-year career, he has had the opportunity to learn from the best, learn how to impact culture, mentor teachers, and provide teachers with the strategies that set their students up for success. Derrick’s philosophy is that exceptional teaching must include meaningful relationships that inspire students to stretch their limitations—much like his college professor did for him.
Derrick later went to receive a master’s degree in English and another Educational Leadership, and he has held positions from a teacher, academic coach, and school administrator, just to name a few. He is currently receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology and has used his research to engage more educators in the importance of building relationships first. Derrick’s mission is to affect individuals so that they never have to wait as long as he did to choose to love learning, which is enhanced by relationships with leaders. To accomplish this mission, he knows that relationships must come first.
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Derrick has 15 years of experience in building relationships, coaching relationship building, mentoring, and training leaders and teams in various capacities. He maintains the notion that the best way to reach people is through building positive, long-lasting, complete relationships. He contends, “An individual’s reason for struggling should never because they did not feel like a leader is invested in them.” Currently he serves as a Senior Director of School Culture for a notable charter system.