Derek Jordan has been Principal of the Center for Alternative Instructional and Resources (C.A.I.R.) and the District Hearing Officer since 2014. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and has two children.
Mr. Jordan’s early education began at St. Augustine High in New Orleans where he received his high school diploma. Following high school he earned his B.S. Ed from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1985. His M.S. Ed. and Ed. S. were earned from the University of Kansas City Missouri. He also attended the Command General Staff College where he earned two additional degrees.
Mr. Jordan is a military veteran. His career covered 28 years serving honorably in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. Jordan is also an Iraqi Freedom veteran serving two tours of duty.
He began his educational career in the Kansas City Public School (KCPS) in 1989 as a classroom teacher, head football and head track coach until 2000. In 2001 he moved into administration serving in various principal positions.
Jordan considers himself a powerful team builder, an enthusiastic instructional leader who develops student potential. Mr. Jordan aims to build partnerships with the Grandview community, local businesses and parents that are willing to support and enhance the educational experience for C.A.I.R. students.