A Mount Pleasant High School graduate, James attended the University of Delaware on a full football scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Science in earth science education. He later earned a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Delaware State University.
Before joining DDOE, James served as the executive director of secondary education at Brandywine School District. He also served as the district’s climate and culture leader as well as Brandywine High School’s principal. Prior to his time at Brandywine High, James assisted the principal at PS duPont Intermediate and Concord and Mt. Pleasant high schools before becoming Mt. Pleasant’s principal in 2008. Additionally, he has been a teacher, football coach and boys’ and girls’ basketball coach at St. Mark’s, Milford, Delcastle and Mt. Pleasant high schools. He has also coached football at Widener and West Chester universities.