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Shaping Young Minds

St. Thomas High School is a well-established college preparatory that provides a caring, intellectually challenging learning atmosphere in which young men develop the tools necessary to become successful in their future studies and careers. Our students are well prepared for an ever demanding and diverse world. Young alumni often tell us that the course content and workload in college is very manageable for them because they trained for academic rigor at St. Thomas.

The St. Thomas community also shapes the character and nurtures the faith of students, staff, parents and alumni. We share the responsibility of bringing Christ’s message to the community at large by serving those in need and being advocates for social justice.

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English Department

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.

Grade 9: 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

David Fritsch (B.S. Political Science and History, Spring Hill College; M.A. in English, National University; graduate studies, University of St. Thomas and University of Houston) is a graduate of St. Thomas High School who has taught at STH since 1998. His 2018-2019 teaching assignments include Creative Writing, AP English Language and Composition, and English IV. David also serves as the assistant coach of the STH tennis team.

Judy Granberry (B.A. Plan II Honors, University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; graduate studies, University of St. Thomas) started teaching at St. Thomas in 2008. Judy serves as Dean of the English Department, she currently holds the Master Teacher Chair for Curriculum Innovations, and she was 2016-2017 STH Teacher of the Year. Her 2018-2019 teaching assignments include English I and Advanced English I.

Daniel Green (B.A. English, Spring Hill College; M.A. in Educational Leadership, Lamar University) has taught at St. Thomas since 2002. For sixteen years, Dan has served as Director of the St. Thomas Drama Program, and he currently holds the William A. and Mattie Jean Bernreider Master Teacher Chair for Musical Theater. For the 2018-2019 school year, his department teaching assignment is English II; additionally, he teaches Theater 1, Theater 2, and Technical 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 at St. Thomas in 2015. She serves as a member of the STH Faith Formation Committee. Her 2018-2019 teaching assignments include English 9, English I, and English II.

Claudia Mundell (B.A. English, St. Mary’s University; M.A. English, California State University; Principal Certification, University of St. Thomas) joined the St. Thomas faculty in 2014. Claudia represented St. Thomas at the Basilian Network for Education and the New Evangelization, and she currently serves as a member of the STH Faith Formation Committee. For the 2018-2019 school year, her teaching assignments include Writing Lab, English I, English III, and English IV.

Will Nash (B.A. English, Texas A&M University; M.A. English, National University) started teaching at St. Thomas in 2005. Will serves as faculty adviser of the Aquin Yearbook, of The Eagle News Magazine, and of The Eagle Online website. His teaching assignments for 2018-2019 include Advanced English II, Publications, Introduction to Journalism, and Photojournalism.

Patrick O’Brien (B.A. History, University of St. Thomas) started teaching at St. Thomas in 2017. He is a Basilian Associate and thereby an acolyte of sarcasm. His 2018-2019 teaching assignment includes English IV.

Steve Pothier (B.A. Philosophy and the Liberal Arts, St. Joseph Seminary College) started teaching at St. Thomas in 2017. Steve serves as the Digital Advisor to the Mothers’ Club and as the faculty moderator for student disc golf. His 2018-2019 teaching assignments include English II, English III, and English IV.

Laura Thornton (B.A. English Literature, Texas A&M University; graduate studies, Rice University, Oxford University, Worcester College via UC Riverside, and University of Houston) joined the St. Thomas faculty in 2012. Laura was the STH 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year and recipient of 2017-2018 STH Core Value Award for Excellence. Currently she holds the Mollie Yeager master Teacher Chair for English, and she serves as the TAPPS Academic Adviser and Coordinator and as advisor to the STH chapter of the National Honor Society. For 2018-2019, her teaching assignments include Advanced English II, English IV, and AP English Literature and Composition.

Darrell Yarbrough (B.S. Speech Communications, Stephen F. Austin State University; graduate studies, University of Houston) began teaching at St. Thomas in 2015. Darrell coaches the STH Debate team and serves as an assistant coordinator of the TAPPS academic team. He currently holds the Strake Master Teacher Chair for Public Speaking and Debate. His 2018-2019 teaching assignments include Forensics 1, Forensics 2, and Speech. 

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