Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sims-Fayola Foundation. The mission of the Sims-Fayola Foundation is to improve the life outcomes of young men and boys of color through direct programming and by increasing the capacity of those who serve them.
Dedrick’s career in urban education began in a high school classroom over 20 years ago as a substitute and has since served in roles as a High School Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Secondary Curriculum Administrator, Master Lead Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Alternative School Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Principal of both traditional and charter public schools (Co-Ed and Single Gender), and school Founder.
As an education and civic leader, Dedrick has engaged in selective and respected professional development like Leadership Denver, University of Kentucky’s Superintendent Program, KIPP Principal Leadership Program, New Leaders for New Schools Principal program, Gulf Coast Business Leadership Council, as a TeachNOLA’s Master Teacher Corps Selector, Harvard’s Project Zero, SUPES Superintendent Academy in Hartford Connecticut, Denver’s Get Smart Schools Leadership Fellowship Program, and Colorado’s Leadership Exchange with Nashville’s top leadership with the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Foundation.
Dedrick’s commitment to education extends outside the classroom as well. As a published author of two books as well as numerous professional articles, Dedrick uses his experience to build the capacity of others to serve students with informed excellence. As the CEO of the Sims-Fayola Foundation, Dedrick provides professional training to educators around the country in areas of single-gender learning and school design through an equity lens.
Dedrick’s community involvement having served as an appointed member of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, a Youth Commissioner for the city of Aurora, past member of the Denver African American Philanthropists, President of the Board for Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, past Board President of the Young Philanthropists Foundation, past board member for the Bridge Project, current board member for the Don Burns Center for Homelessness and Poverty at the University of Denver, advisory member for MENTOR Colorado, and currently serving as the Senior Education Advisor to Mississippi State Representative and recent Congressional Candidate Jeremy Anderson. Dedrick recently was selected by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the 100 Modern BE Men of 2018. Dedrick has served his country as an officer in the United States Army and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Dedrick is an avid golfer and loves to read, travel, and do karaoke.