Mr. Jesse James

Phone: 252-514-6450


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science: Middle Grades English Language Arts & Social Studies Education

Mr. Jesse James

Hello students and parents!  Thanks for visiting my page.  This will be my twelfth year here at HJ MacDonald Middle School.  Nearly all of them have been spent in 6th grade and I think I have found a permanent home.  I'm very much looking forward to building relationships with my students and watching them grow in ELA and as a person.

I grew up as a military child; Arizona, North Carolina, California, and back to North Carolina.  I graduated from North Carolina State University in 2005 and love the Wolfpack!  I have lived in New Bern since 2007 and married my beautiful wife in 2008.  We have two active, fun-loving, outdoorsy little boys named Beckett(6) and Elliott(4).  When I'm not hanging out and playing with my kids, I'm probably playing some sort of sport.  From basketball to kayaking, or mountain biking to disc golf; I love sports.

As an educator my goal isn't just to create better readers and writers.  Although that is very important to me, another area of importance is creating better people and creative and critical thinkers.  My classroom and assignments, approach to learning, classroom schedule, homework policy, etc., may sometimes appear different than other teachers.  But know that I have the best interest of my students in mind.