Derek is an Instructional Designer with international project management experience. He received a Master of Science (M.S) in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. While there he founded the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Chess Club and served as the club leader. He also founded the English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation Club and served as the first President. In 2016 Derek managed a team of educators in South Korea and trained the staff to use technology in the classroom which led to a notable increase in student engagement and retention. He supervised the implementation of an international letter writing exchange and was responsible for maintaining the daily operations of the franchise. He oversaw several projects at the University of Texas at Arlington using a modified Instructional Systems Design (ISD) approach and helped develop content and assessment strategies for the University of Texas at Austin. Derek was recently accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas.