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Derrick is the Upward Bound Program Coordinator for Keene and Rio Vista high schools.  Derrick grew up just outside of Chicago in Des Plaines, Illinois until he moved to Burleson, Texas when he started his Freshman year of High School.  Derrick attended Tarleton State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Derrick has an extensive history of working with at-risk youth and believes that communications and empathy are two key components in working with any person. 

Derrick working with a student at Keene High School

Derrick working with a student at Keene High School

Derrick loves to stay active by always being outdoors and loves to experience new things. Trying something new every day is something he prides himself in. Derrick always tries to stay positive even on the bad days. He does this by staying motivated and always looking at the good things throughout the day.  In his free time, Derrick plays basketball at the local Y and is a big Stars Wars/Disney fan

Derrick at Keene High School with the Upward Bound students

“Meeting and working with new people brings me joy because of the diversity that is brought to the table.”  Derrick Rybka

Derrick Rybka working with a student at Keene High School during UBU/