School Executive Director
Juris Doctorate, Nashville School of Law; Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, Middle Tennessee State University; BA, Elementary Education, University of Central Florida
Derek Sanborn began his educational career in 1998 and taught both kindergarten and third grade. He moved into a role as a school-based technology specialist, helping teachers and students successfully integrate technology into their learning environment in elementary, middle, and high schools. He worked as an assistant principal in an urban elementary school and worked as an executive principal with Metro Nashville Public Schools for four years. He joined Tennessee Connections Academy in June 2019 as the first school leader.
Derek graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor of arts in elementary education and from Middle Tennessee State University with a master’s degree in administration and supervision. He received his juris doctorate from Nashville School of Law in 2006. He practiced for three years as an attorney in Middle Tennessee, working mainly in family and juvenile law, and worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Services as an administrative hearing official before returning to the field of education in 2010.
Derek is married and has four amazing children. He is proud to lead Tennessee Connections Academy and to provide high-quality educational opportunities for students across Tennessee.