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James receives double duty as vice principal at 2 schools
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Thomas James will be doing double duty.

He was appointed vice principal for Brock Elliott School and Golden West School at last Tuesday’s Manteca Unified school board meeting.

The action was made during the closed session. His selection was part of the process initiated by the interview committee.

James is described as “a natural leader who takes direction easily, but is self-motivated and always looking to do more,” according to references as provided by the district.

He’s been with MUSD for 20 years, teaching third-grade, junior high (sixth- through eighth- grade), and adult education.

Before that, James taught intermediate / junior high students in the Oak View Union School District in Acampo for four years.

 He received his degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Hayward – now called Cal State East Bay (he also earned his Masters there) – and has credentials in single subject (Math) and multiple subjects.

At MUSD, James served as program coordinator of intervention programs and managed the English Learners at French Camp, Mossdale and Sequoia schools.

He also assisted as the district’s Gifted and Talented Education program director.

In addition, James has extensive experience as an administration designee at several of the local school sites while serving as a mentor teacher and curriculum leader at the district level during the last five years.

He’s been involved in analyzing and presenting the state’s Standardized Testing and Reporting data, presiding over several school site committees, and working with teachers to improve instrumental programs.