Alexis James: Special educator and dance enthusiast

Alexis James.
Photo by Walter Pofeldt

Alexis James was born on Sept. 17, 1989 in Mount Vernon, New York. she is the first generation born in America as both of his parents were born in Jamaica.

she graduated from Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, NY and attended Temple University, where she received his bachelor’s in Speech Pathology.

During James’s undergraduate studies, she assisted in the creation of a tutoring program for Bright Hope Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, where we served students between the ages of 6-16 years in various subjects.

James was also the vice president of a Hip-hop dance team, traveling to other colleges for events and competitions. she received the first prize for “Philly’s Best Dance Crew.”

She furthered his education at Pace University, where she received her Master’s in Special Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows.

James is now a special education teacher at the Bronx High School of Visual Arts, teaching students with autism, ranging from ages 14-21, in a self-contained classroom.

She said her passion for education shares an equal value with her passion for dance.

Last year, James started a dance program specifically designed for students with special needs at the Bronx High School of Visual Arts. The group performed at various events in the Bronx area.

James said she aspires to own a program, targeting the arts specifically, designed for students with disabilities who show great interest in this field.

She is an executive member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, an acolyte advisor and a member of the fundraising committee. She also helps to prepare community dinners, an event held twice a month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

HOME COUNTRY:

Jamaica

EDUCATION:

Temple University and Pace University, bachelor’s in speech pathology and master’s in special education, respectively

OCCUPATION:

Bronx High School of Visual Arts, special education teacher

FAVORITE QUOTE/TENET:

“I truly believe God gave us all a unique power that should to be touched by others. My power is still unfolding, but, in the mean time, sharing my talents with others is what fulfills me. I strive to continue this work with passion and dignity and will not stop until I have made a significant difference in the lives of others.”

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