Laughter, fun and learning is the way Derrick Jones likes to do things. Derrick believes that his true calling is teaching, mentoring, and coaching our young adults in math, reading and writing, sports, or just about life. He is in his 14th year as an educator and this is his 3rd year here at Paladin. Derrick has a blended family with 7 children that consist of 6 girls and 1 boy, and he loves to be with children. He is currently a special education coordinator, Quad lead, and a Student Success Coordinator. When students don’t feel connected and supported in school, Derrick’s true passion is to find ways to fill that void. It is clear to our students how caring Derrick is as a teacher, and how important each student is to him. His favorite sport is basketball and he loves the timberwolves, music, and having fun.