Derek Little is the deputy director of early childhood at the Louisiana Department of Education, where he leads policy planning for funding, accountability, enrollment, workforce and governance of early childhood programs. Previously, Derek was the director of finance and operations for the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, where he was able to increase funding for the school despite budget cuts to education statewide. Derek started his career teaching high school math. He earned a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and a master's degree in finance from Tulane University as well as an education leadership and instruction degree from Northwestern State University. Derek is currently a Broad Center Resident in Urban Education.