Derrick Emanuel was born and raised in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and has called Houston, Texas his home since 2014. Mr. Emanuel earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Greensboro College and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland. He joined the Houston Independent School District in 2014 with over 10 years of experience in the world of education. His extensive experience educating and mentoring students in North Carolina and Texas has resulted in many students choosing paths of higher learning at colleges and trade schools across the country. He has seen tremendous growth each year in his career with the Houston Independent School District, now leading as one of the directors of nonacademic services in the district. Derrick continues to reside in Houston, Texas with his wife and two sons.