A Texas native, James holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Education Foundations from Baylor University, a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida and a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Baylor University.
James has been published in national journals and co-authored a book chapter in Dr. Cameron White's Journys in Social Education: A Primer. James has also been a presenter at eight national conferences. Most notably, he was involved as an assistant in the research and development of the iCivics program founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
James' education classroom experience began in 2008 where he taught Government, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology at Connally High School. In his second year there, he was awarded the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence in Central Texas. He then taught Global History and Film Appreciation and served as the Assistant Head Football Coach at KIPP NYC College Prep High School. Finally, James served as the teacher of record at Baylor University where he taught Western Educational Thought and American Educational Thought.
In addition, James has completed internships in Waco, Texas, teaching World Geography and Advanced Placement U.S. History; Williston, Florida, teaching Honors World History; and internationally in Surbiton, England teaching Geography and Sport.
James moved to administration in 2012, where he was the Assistant Principal at Travis Science Academy. In the 2013-2014 school year he was nominated for Temple ISD Administrator of the Year. Following his time in Temple, James served as the Assistant Principal at New Visions High School for Advanced Math and Science for three years.
In his leisure time, James is an avid sports fan, a bonafide comic book nerd, and a cinefile.