Greetings Woodland Elementary Family,

    My name is Derrick L. Thomas and I have the honor and privilege of being the Principal of Woodland Elementary School. I bring over 19 years of experience with 15 years of school administration. I have served in the capacity of Math Instructor, Math Instructional Specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal. In these positions, I have led schools to becoming a School of Excellence, Title I High Rewards Schools, International Baccalaureate School, Personalized Learning School, PBIS School, and National BETA School of Merit.

    I began my career in Clayton County Public Schools as a 6th and 8th grade Math Instructor. I then moved on to become an Instructional Specialist in Mathematics before becoming an Assistant Principal at Clayton County Public Schools in 2003. I remained the Assistant Principal through 2008 where I transitioned to Decatur City Schools in the same position. I became the Principal of Renfroe Middle School during the 2009-2010 school year. In June 2015, I began my tenure as Principal of Eagle’s Landing Middle School leading ELMS through its journey of Personalized Learning through 2018.

    I am happily married to Mrs. Tameka Thomas, who is also an educator serving as the 6-12 English Language Arts Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools. We have two daughters, Morgan and Kennedy, who are in the 11th and 8th grade respectively and are actively engaged in soccer, volleyball, and family dance-offs.

    Woodland Elementary School is a dynamic school with awesome students, staff, and parents. Our theme for this year will be, “What makes you say that?” This simple question gets to the core of what we expect students to be able to do which is to defend their answers and explain the process by which they got their answers. You can join in helping WES to establish a culture of students being able to articulate their learning by asking your child this simple question at home as well.
    I look forward to working with each and every one of you and thank you for allowing me to serve as Principal of Woodland Elementary School.


    Derrick L. Thomas

    Principal, Woodland Elementary School 
Last Modified on July 19, 2018