Derek Block

Derek Block


I am originally from Fremont, California (East Bay Area). I moved up to Portland to attend University of Portland in 2011 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and History. After graduating, I joined the P.A.C.E (Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education) program where I taught middle school Social Studies in Draper, Utah and earned my Master’s degree. Upon completion of P.A.C.E, I joined the University of Notre Dame’s ChACE (Chilean Alliance of Catholic Education) where I taught English in Santiago, Chile to middle school students. After ChACE, I returned to my alma mater to be a Hall Director for Villa Maria Hall, where I accompanied students in their college transition and taught a University course on leadership.

I am very excited to join the Central Catholic community as a Theology teacher and share my love for my subject with my students. I look forward to walking with my students in their growth of self and faith. Go Rams!

Bachelor of Arts in Theology and History, University of Portland; Masters of Arts in Teaching, University of Portland

Middle School Teacher (2015-2019); and University Instructor (2019-2022)