The English department at St. Thomas is devoted to helping students become confident, critical thinkers who communicate effectively and who will be both willing and able to make a difference in the world.
Through their study of important literary works in the survey courses at St. Thomas, students are exposed to exceptional writing and are introduced to a wide variety of cultures and ideas to broaden their perspectives and foster understanding and empathy for others. As students think, speak, and write about literature, they develop the ability to confidently create and support rational, intellectually-informed arguments. As they study great books, our students wrestle with fundamental questions about the human experience, developing the critical thinking skills needed to become active and effective leaders.
English 1, Advanced English 1, and English 9 (all
World Literature and Composition)
Grade 10: English 2 and Advanced English 2 (all World Literature and Composition)
Grade 11: English 3 (American Literature and Composition) and AP English Language
Grade 12: English 4 (British Literature and Composition) and AP English Literature
Electives: Speech, Forensics 1 and 2, Creative Writing, Contemporary Research and Writing, Publications, and Graphic Novels
(B.A. Plan II Honors, University of Texas at Austin; JD, University of Houston Law Center; graduate studies, University of St. Thomas) started teaching at St. Thomas in 2008. Her teaching assignments include English I and Advanced English I. She currently serves as the Dean of the English Department. She currently holds the Master Teacher Chair for Curriculum Innovations and was the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.
David Fritsch (B.S. Political Science and History, Spring Hill College; graduate studies, University of St. Thomas; graduate studies, University of Houston; M.A. in English, National University) is a graduate of St. Thomas High School. He has been teaching at STH since 1998. His teaching assignments include AP English Language and Creative Writing.
Daniel Green (B.A. English, Spring Hill College; Masters in Educational Leadership, Lamar University) has been at St. Thomas since 2002. His teaching assignments include English IV, Theater I, and Theater II. He also serves as the Drama director. He currently holds the William A. and Mattie Jean Bernreider Master Teacher Chair for Musical Theater.
Jennifer McDonald (B.A. Mass Communications, Louisiana State University, M.A.T. Education, Nicholls State University, Catholic Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Catholic University of America) started teaching English at St. Thomas in August of 2015. Her teaching assignments include English 9, English II, and English III.
Claudia Mundell (B.A. English, St. Mary’s University; M.A. English, California State University; Principal Certification, University of St. Thomas) joined the faculty in 2014. Her teaching assignments include English III and the Writing Lab.
Will Nash (B.A. English, Texas A&M University, M.A. English, National University) started teaching at St. Thomas in 2005. His teaching assignments include Advanced English II, Publications, and Graphic Novels.
Steve Pothier (B.A. Philosophy and the Liberal Arts, St. Joseph Seminary College) started teaching at St. Thomas in 2017 with assignments including English II and Publications Adviser. In the 2017-2018 school year, he will teach English II and English III. Steve also serves as the Digital Advisor to the Mothers’ Club and the faculty moderator for student disc golf.
Andrew Quittenton (B.A. English and Theology, B. Ed. University of Toronto; M.R.E., Theology, University of Toronto) is a Theology and English teacher at St. Thomas and he coaches freshman football. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College School, our Basilian brother school.
Holly Sanders, Ph.D.
Laura Speck (B.A. English with Special Honors, University of Texas-Austin; M.A. Rice University) As the writing specialist at STH, Laura assists students of all levels with writing assignments in any subject and at any stage of the writing process. In order to support STH students as they develop as writers, she draws on her experience as a writing consultant at the Undergraduate Writing Center while attending the University of Texas at Austin. Her graduate education at Rice University focused on Reading and Writing methodology in the High School classroom. She began working at St. Thomas as a Freshman English teacher in 2012.
Laura Thornton (B.A. English Literature, Texas A&M University; graduate studies Rice University, Oxford University, Worcester College via UC Riverside, University of Houston)joined the St. Thomas faculty in the fall of 2012. She teaches English IV and AP English Literature. Mrs. Thornton works closely with the College Board, including serving on the Test Development and Timing Committee. She holds the Mollie Yeager Master Teacher Chair for English. Mrs. Thornton also serves as the TAPPS Academic Adviser and Coordinator.
Darrell Yarbrough (B.S. Speech Communications, Stephen F. Austin State University. Post graduate studies at the University of Houston) began teaching at St. Thomas in 2015. His teaching assignments include Forensics 1, Forensics 2, and Public Speaking. Mr. Yarbrough also coaches the STH Debate team. He currently holds the Strake Master Teacher Chair for Public Speaking and Debate.