Derrick Meador

Education Expert


M.Ed., Educational Administration, Northeastern State University

B.Ed., Elementary Education, Oklahoma State University


  • A school administrator who has worked in education for more than 15 years
  • Taught middle school science  for seven years and has been a principal in both middle and elementary school settings​​
  • Has written extensively about the characteristics of effective school leaders


Derrick Meador is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles about school administration and teaching. Derrick has more than two decades of experience in the field of education. He is the superintendent for Jennings Public Schools in Oologah, Oklahoma. Derrick taught middle school science and acted as the basketball coach for seven years. He was a principal for nearly 10 additional years. 

Derrick's work also appears on websites targeted to parents and educators such as Articles from other educators and universities frequently cite his ThoughtCo articles. They also appear as referenced works in books and journals. Derrick holds Oklahoma teaching credentials for elementary education, middle-level science, and physical education.



Derrick Meador earned a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Administration from Northeastern State University in 2005. He also holds a Bachelors in Education (B.Ed.) with a focus on Elementary Education and Middle-Level Science from Oklahoma State University.

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