Staff Directory

Derek Thomas, English Instructor

Mr. Thomas is an English teacher at University High School. He joined our faculty in 2009.


B.A. in English and Art History, Brown University
M.A. in Humanities, focusing in Art History, University of Chicago

Past Experience

SAT, ACT, and GRE Test Preparation Instructor, The Princeton Review


Most Influential Teacher, US Presidential Scholars Program
Most Influential Teacher, 2013 Indy Star Academic All-Stars

Courses Taught in 2018-19

Advanced English: Adaptations
AP English Literature & Composition
Language & Literature

What do you like about working at University High School?

University provides students with the opportunity to build respectful, rewarding relationships with faculty (and vice versa). The administration respects me and allows me to operate with significant autonomy in the development of my courses and in their implementation, both of which make me a better, happier, and more effective teacher.

Personal Information

I spend a lot of my free time reading, watching movies and television, playing trivia, and exploring Indianapolis, its restaurants, its art, its theatre, its music, etc. I try to travel when I can. I also have a dog named Charlie. She’s brown.

Contact Derek

Telephone: (317) 733-4475, ext. 154