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Derek Frieling, Delegate-at-Large

Lafayette High School

St. Joseph Public Schools

Derek Frieling was announced as The Missouri Council for the Social Studies “Teacher of the Year” at their annual conference held February 26-27, 2016 in Columbia, MO.


Derek teaches World History, Honors World History, DC American History, and AP European History at Lafayette High School in St. Joseph.  He is also the Social Studies Department Chair and serves on the Attendance Committee and the PLC Team.  He also sponsors the Scholar Bowl and an after social studies club known as the Dead Patriot’s Society.


Derek has not only actively engaged students and staff at the public high school level, but he has gone beyond that to instruct college level students and future social studies instructors.  Derek is an adjunct professor at Missouri Western State University, teaching courses in Methods of Teaching Social Studies and American History since 1865.


Derek graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, and earned a Masters of History also from Northwest Missouri State University.  He has served on the MCSS board for six years and is also an MCSS member, National History Day author, frequent conference presenter, and a National Board Certified Teacher.


Derek is from the Lone Elm/Bunceton area.  He now resides in Savannah, MO with his wife, April, and their two children.

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