Dr. Gail Derrick
Dr. M. Gail Derrick received her Doctor of Education Degree in Higher Education Administration in 2001 from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She earned her Masters of Arts in Education and Human Development with an endorsement in Secondary Administration also from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an endorsement in General Science and Pre-Algebra from Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Virginia in 1982.
Dr. Derrick began her educational career with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a science teacher. She also worked as an Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and as the Science Instructional Coordinator for the middle school science program. Dr. Derrick is involved in the K12 educational arena and knowledgeable of the issues that face classroom teachers and administrators at the local, state, and national level as well as the institutional challenges in the preparation of educators.
Dr. Derrick participated in the 2009 Búsquedas Investigativas: Investigación De La Práctica Educativa Cubana, (Academic Explorations: Researching Cuban Educational Practices), trip to Cuba as part of an educational group collaborating with Cuban educators to facilitate our mutual understanding of the teaching and learning process. She also participated as a Fulbright Specialist in fall 2010 to train Hungarian educators in American pedagogy for teaching at-risk and high needs Roma students with a limited educational foundation.
Her research interests have focused primarily on self-directed learning, self-efficacy, and persistence in learning as well as the role of culture in teaching and learning. View Dr. Derrick's vita>>