Deriba Olana / Math Department Chair

“I was born in rural Ethiopia before our family moved to the capital city, Addis Ababa. When I reached seventh grade, I was privileged to get the opportunity to study at a British international school. After high school, I attended Pacific Union College in California. There I enjoyed majoring in chemistry and taking many wonderful courses in the humanities. For graduate studies, I was at Harvard where I focused on history of science and applied physics.

Besides academics, I enjoy following world affairs with an eye for issues related to justice. I also appreciate music, and especially enjoy sacred classical music. Most importantly, I’m interested in the creative welfare of fellow human beings. Friendships grown profound with time have better influenced my life more than anything else. And this makes me look forward to being a part of the Middleburg Family”

Deriba will be teaching Precalculus Honors, Calculus, AP Calculus, and Advanced Topics in Math. He and his wife are expecting their first child this fall