hagen with dolphinMr. Derek Hagen was born in Mercer Island, Washington, but spent a majority of his youth in San Diego, California. He attended high school at The Wallace O’Neal School, a college prepartory school in Southern Pines, North Carolina. It was here where he met the love of his life and future wife, Julia. After high school, Mr. Hagen double majored in Ecology and Theatre Education. He also recieved a minor in Asian Studies. Since then, he went on to receive his Masters in Middle and Secondary Education from Appalachian State University. Before teaching at Oak Ridge Military Academy, Mr. Hagen was Director of Education Relations at Mad Science of the Piedmont. As his alter-ego Dr. K. Boom, Mr. Hagen preformed teacher seminars, stage shows, after school clubs, and EOG preparation workshops to over 300 schools across North Carolina and Virginia. From 2005 until 2014, Mr. Hagen was a improv comedian at the Idiot Box Comedy Club. Now he spends his weekends with his wife, his two children Regina and Drake, and his plethora of pets. In his free time, Mr. Hagen enjoys designing games, watching movies, exploring North Carolina, and reinventing the wheel.