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Head of School
Dr. Derrick Shelton
Dr. Derrick Shelton is a native of Cincinnati, OH, however, he has resided in Columbus, OH for the past 7 years. Dr. Shelton has dedicated his life to public service in that he has served over 7 ½ years on active duty in the U.S. Army. He served as a police officer in both Florida and Ohio for more than 8 ½ years. For more than 20 years he has been devoted to working with children, as he has held several positions in the field of education.
Over this 20 year time span, Dr. Shelton has served as a Special Education teacher for primary elementary children. He has held the position of Principal, School Leader, and Director of Schools. Dr. Shelton has also served as a Regional Operations Director, which afforded him an opportunity to extend his reach to Arizona, Louisiana, North Carolina, and New York. As the Executive Vice President of Operations, Dr. Shelton managed 14 schools throughout the state of Florida. For the past seven (7) years, Dr. Shelton has served as the Superintendent at Columbus Arts & Technology Academy, and as a Regional Vice President that supports other schools throughout Ohio.
Dr. Shelton has a passion for working with our youth. He is committed to being a positive change agent and committed to changing the landscape of education. He believes that all children deserve a high quality education, and that it is incumbent upon educators to motivate children to meet success. Dr. Shelton has a proven track record of developing and mentoring education leaders, as well as a long history of advancing schools academically.
Dr. Shelton received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis where he also had a remarkable football career. He extended his studies by taking a few courses at Harvard University in Boston, MA, then he went on to receive his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Shelton recently reached another milestone in his life by completing his Doctorate of Educational Leadership, which was also earned at the University of Phoenix. He also delivered his trial sermon as a minister recently. Dr. Shelton and his wife are proud parents of 8 children. They also have 12 grandchildren and 1 boxer (dog) named Tyson.