Superintendent of Schools

 

  

 Larry Derico, Ed.D.
 Superintendent of Schools
 lderico@upson.k12.ga.us
706-647-9621

Larry D. Derico, Ed.D., is in his first year as Superintendent of the Thomaston-Upson School System. He is an alumnus of Columbus College (Bachelor of Science), Troy State University (Master of Science), Columbus State University (Specialist in Education), and South Carolina State University, where he earned a Doctor of Education degree in 2009. Dr. Derico has worked  as a teacher and Assistant Principal in both the Meriwether and Thomaston-Upson School System. In 2005, he moved to the T-U District Office, where he has served as Director of Federal Programs (2005-2010), Director of Curriculum & Instruction (2010-2014), and, most recently, Assistant Superintendent (2014-May 2018).


Dr. Derico has a history of community involvement. He currently serves on the boards of Unite Upson Community Collaborative and the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority. He is an ex officio board member of the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Industry Roundtable, and a graduate of Leadership Upson. He has previously served on the local Family, Youth, and Children's Alliance (FYCA), United Way, Upson County Archives, and Upson County Board of Elections.

Dr. Derico's wife, Nita, is an elementary teacher in the Thomaston-Upson School System. They have two children, a son, who is a graduate of Upson-Lee High School, and a daughter, who is currently attending Upson-Lee Elementary School. He and his wife are members of New Life Church and are involved in a number of outreach ministries with their church.