Derek Long

Derek Long

Senior Fellow
Perry Traditional Academy
Education is a social justice issue.

Derek Long is a 2021-2022 Pennsylvania Senior Policy Fellow who teaches 10th grade English at Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh. He serves as the English Department Head as well as the cross country, head boys’ basketball, and boys' volleyball coach. Derek has served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations’ Teacher Advisory Council and helped to organize national and local Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) events that sought to empower teachers and elevate the teaching profession. Derek is a second-generation and veteran teacher. Derek graduated from Grove City College with a BA in English, received his MA in Teaching English from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and received his EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California.