James Brooks

English, Photojournalism=12th grade- West Wilkes High School, Millers Creek, NC

Total years as a classroom teacher:27

Education

Bachelor of Arts (English Education) Appalachian State University 1985

Master of Arts (Higher Education, Teaching English) Appalachian State University 1997

Doctor of Education, Appalachian State University 2011

Teaching Experience

1985-Present West Wilkes High School, 9-12 grade, English, Photojournalism

Special Recognition

2010
National Council of Teachers of English–High School Teacher of
Excellence

2009
Outstanding North Carolina English Teacher

2009 National Board Certification

2008 NCTE Award for Media Literacy

2007 NEA Award for Teaching Excellence

2005
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Education Hero Award

2002 All-USA TODAY Teachers Team

1998 National Board Certification

1995
West Wilkes High School Teacher of the Year

1995 Wilkes County Teacher of the Year

1995
Northwest North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Recent media:

http://myfox8.com/2012/03/19/wilkes-co-man-to-be-inducted-into-teachers-hall-of-fame/

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/mar/16/west-wilkes-teacher-to-be-inducted-into-teacher-ha-ar-2051194/

http://www.wxii12.com/news/30691831/detail.html

http://www.journalpatriot.com/news/article_56235b00-6f92-11e1-91b8-0019bb30f31a.html

Testimonials

“Although students describe Dr. Brooks as extremely
challenging, they also refer to him as fun and fair! While realizing
that learning should be about exploration and adventure, Dr. Brooks
masterfully looks for ways to allow his students to become the
teacher. He is often described as one who views the glass ‘half
full.'”

J. Wayne Shepherd, Principal, West Wilkes H.S.

“Jim Brooks represents all that one would want in a teacher. He
challenges his students to be the very best they can be. He leads
his peers in trying new ways to teach. He willingly gives of
himself to advise decision-makers on important issues affecting
education. Simply stated, students always come first for Jim.”

Stephen C. Laws, Ed.D., Superintendent, Wilkes County Schools