James has expressed much excitement about being a part of the EDUHSD and Oak Ridge High School. After, graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Kinesiology, James worked for nearly 5 years in corporate wellness for multiple tech and health companies through Health Fitness Corporation as a Wellness Consultant and Program Manager.
During that time, James coached high school football and finished up a M.S. in Kinesiology at CSUEB. However, his passion for being outdoors and interacting with high school students lead to a change of heart and ultimately a career change.
James left a successful career in corporate wellness and completed a M.A. in Education in Santa Cruz while working in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. There James gained experience teaching in a variety of roles including: Special Education, Health and Physical Education before ultimately teaching Biology and Integrated Science. From there James went on to work in the Santa Rita Union Elementary School District in Salinas where he gained further experience serving as a Language Arts, Social Science and Physical Education teacher as well as Athletic Director, Activities Director and Department Chair. James has since earned an administrative services credential and has most recently served as the Assistant Principal of Guidance at Gunderson High School in San Jose before gratefully accepting the position of Assistant Principal at Oak Ridge High School.
Currently James lives in El Dorado Hills with his wife and three young children where much of his free time is spent with them outdoors and on the lake.