My name is Sonja James and I am a proud graduate of Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I began my educational career with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools where I taught at North Beach Elementary as well as a teacher of the gifted and talented at Phyllis Ruth Miller Elementary. During the early years of my teaching career, I completed my Master's and Educational Specialist Degrees from Nova Southeastern Univerity in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
My professional career took a turn and led me to Kingston, Jamaica, where I taught at the American School of Kingston. After three teaching in Jamaica, I moved to West Bloomfield, Michigan, where I taught fifth grade at Doherty Elementary School. My leadership abilities and desire to become a building administrator led me to the role of assistant principal at Orchard Lake Middle School. I later became the principal of Orchard Lake Middle School, serving in that capacity for a commendable nine years. Subsequently, I transitioned to the principalship at Sheiko Elementary School serving students in grades three through five for ten years. Currently, I serve as the Executive Director of Educational Equity and Inclusion in West Bloomfield, this role, allows me to champion the rights of all students and work towards creating an equitable and inclusive learning environment and fostering an educational experience that has a positive impact on the students, schools, and West Bloomfield community.