James joined the NBPS Leadership team in 2018. He started as a high school English teacher in the Chicagoland area, and has served as a classroom teacher, a special educator, and an administrator of special needs and student supports in public schools, and private international schools. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Republic of the Philippines 2002-04); and his career has taken him to places like Washington, DC; Silver Spring, MD; Stamford, CT; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
James earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and literature from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master’s in Transitional Special Education from The George Washington University, and his principal’s certification from Antioch University, New England. He is also an accomplished high school football and volleyball coach.
James believes strongly in the education and development of the whole child as a critical thinker and lifelong learner, and is a progressive proponent of teaching and learning that inspires intrinsic motivation, strengthens executive skills, and engages global literacy in the modern world. James is a strong advocate for all students and families in the LPA program. He always has their best interest in mind and strives to serve as a leader and mentor.
James and his lovely wife Noreen have two children who currently attend North Broward Preparatory School. When not at school, James will likely be found spending time with his family, drawing and painting, or traveling.