James E. Ford
North Carolina State Teacher of the Year, 2014
James E. Ford is the Program Director at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Prior to this, he served as the 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ford taught World History at Garinger High School in Charlotte, NC starting in 2010. He earned a bachelor of science in Mass Communication from Illinois State University in 2003 and a master’s degree in Teaching from Rockford University in 2009. Mr. Ford recently completed his certification in educational leadership from Wingate University.
Before deciding to become a teacher, he worked as a truancy intervention specialist in high schools and director of a teen center that provided educational and after-school activities for youth at risk of dropping out of school. This early career cemented his connection to children and youth. Mr. Ford has been recognized as Charlotte Magazine’s Charlottean of the Year, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Teacher of the Year.
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