James is a Mississippi educator born and raised in South Jackson. He attended JPS schools for 11 years, then graduated from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.
James has been in education since 2005, teaching at both the middle school and high school level. He also serves as a teacher consultant for the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute, and was a Common Core trainer for the Mississippi Department of Education for their 2013-2014 Middle School Language Arts Cohort II. He holds a master’s degree in secondary education (MAT-S) from Mississippi State University and a specialist degree in educational leadership (Ed.S) from The University of Mississippi. James was the recipient of the Ole Miss School of Education’s 2013 Andrew P. “Ike” Mullins Award for excellence in educational leadership.
In April, James married the beautiful Robbie Henry of Cleveland, Mississippi. James, Robbie, and their cat Zooey live in Southaven, where he teaches 8th grade science at DeSoto Central Middle School. Robbie is a graduate assistant in the Speech Language Pathology program at The University of Memphis. Zooey enjoys taking naps and burrowing in couch blankets.