By Allana J. Barefield
Former DISD student is now the newest principal of Adelle Turner Elementary School. Derek Thomas, a product of William Anderson Elementary, Longfellow Middle and Skyline High Schools, said he wants to see change and believes he is the perfect person for the job since he used to be a former student within the District.
In order for him to prepare for the position, Thomas went back to the books.
A graduate of the University of North Texas, he received a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University.
“The best principals that I know are principals who are forward thinking, who study their craft, who study content,” Thomas said, adding that he wants to be an advocate for his students and would like to see them excel in every aspect. “We want our scholars to be great and successful in every way.”