Derrick Adkins is a 2019 Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Derrick teaches 11th and 12th grade social studies at Mark Armijo Academy in Albuquerque, where he serves as head of the social studies department and liaison to school administration. Derrick supports new teachers as the on-site teacher mentor, and has created and coordinates an evening school program for students in need of additional support to graduate. Derrick holds a license in school administration and serves as administration support specialist at his school site. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in History and an MA in Secondary Education and is completing his master’s in Education Administration at Eastern New Mexico University.