Before retiring from public education, Jim spent thirty-four years as an educator, twenty-eight of those years were spent as an administrator. His extensive experience spans urban and rural school districts.
Education has been in Jim’s family for about the last 100 years. They have served as teachers and administrators in institutions ranging all the way from one room school houses to large, metropolitan school districts. His family believes education is a foundation of life that allows for limitless possibilities.
Jim has served as an elementary teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in elementary administration, specialist degree in the Superintendency, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership. Jim has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri and Saint Louis University, as well as serving on numerous non-profit boards. He has participated at Yale University Education conferences as a presenter as well as serving with the Schools of the 21st Century as a national trainer.
Jim has received various awards including Who’s Who Among American Educators, Pearce Award, and Icons of Education by Ingram’s Business magazine. He has also co-authored two books on education that address inspiring greatness in education, and a community’s commitment to a brighter future. Jim’s passion and strength include administrator and board leadership, organizational planning and strategy, helping school districts aspire to greatness and focusing on the core mission of education – kids. Jim believes that strong relationships are key between all entities involved to build a successful and thriving school district.
Jim and his wife June have three adult children and four grandchildren. They also have two cats and a dog that truly rule the house!