Washington Capitals February 2023 Teacher of the Month
Derrick Blackwell Sr
Matthew Henson Middle School
Tell us about yourself!
I teach middle School Computer Science, and this is my 4th year teaching it. I became a teacher as I wanted a career change and wanted to do something that would give back to my community. I truly love teaching and showing students they can learn, code and have fun all at the same time. Several times a year, my family and I feed and clothe the homeless within the DMV and I hold free tutorial classes twice a week.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
I love the fact the program inclusively utilizes all aspects of STEM and captivates my students. Moreover, the fact that I can print a certificate for my students makes them feel extra special. STEM is very much within the game of hockey as players must utilize computational thinking and, calculate distance and speed to make plays happen.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
I truly love Alex Ovechkin as he is one of great determination to put forth his best in all he does. Moreover, he publicly presents himself in a positive manner which is something all athletes should display.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
If I played hockey, I would play the position of Center. I would have the ability to assist the entire team while ensuring I keep everyone in view to make the best decisions to make each play happen.