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I graduated from Colliverivlle High School in 1995. 

Go Tigers Go! I graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in English in 1998 and a Master's of Arts in Teaching Degree in 2002. 


I began my teaching career with Mrs. Love at Chickasaw Elementary.  I taught third grade there for five years.  Next I worked as a TST Intervention Coach, and then I taught fifth grade for five years at Overpark. I have also been a private tutor for about 15 years.  I'm excitedly beginning my library journey in the fall of 2017.


Dear New Friends and Students,

  Welcome to our library at Overpark Elementary School.  I am so excited to beign a new year, and so honored to have you as part of my life.  I have one son named Steven who is a student at Centerhill Middle.  I have lived in Olive Branch for about fifteen years.  I taught third grade for five years. I also taught fifth grade for five years. I have also tutored privately for many years and have worked as an intervention coach for four years. Fall of 2017 will be the start of my journey as a librarian, and I cannot wait!

  I enjoy hometown sports like Centerhill football on Friday nights, Memphis Tiger basketball, and Memphis Redbirds baseball.  I also love traveling, reading, and watching movies.  My favorite hobby is to read a book, and then watch the movie that goes with it to compare and contrast the two.

  I want to equip my students to Believe anything is possible, Achieve the goals they set for themselves, and be Leaders among their friends and communities.

  You will find that I have an open-communication policy. I appreciate comments, suggestions, and feedback at all times.  I know that by working together parents and teachers can truly give children the best experience possible.  I expect this to be a safe, productive, and really fun year.


Racheal Derrick