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COA Graduate Was First Flight HS Teacher of the Year! - Danielle W. James

Danielle W. James is living her dream as a mother of four beautiful girls, a wife, and as a Science Educator at First Flight High School (FFHS) in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. teaching Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. As the first college graduate in her family, Danielle did not immediately come to college right after her high school graduation. Instead she took some time off to decide what she wanted out of life. Two years later, she found College of The Albemarle and worked toward her Associates of Arts General Education degree and was a May 1996 graduate of COA. Danielle then continued her education at East Carolina University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with Science Education and Marine Biology in 1999. When asked about College of The Albemarle and her time here, Danielle stated, “COA is a positive learning environment with caring educators that guide you on a path to be a productive citizen. I received an affordable, high quality education that provided me the skills needed to be successful at the university level.” Danielle is a champion for College of The Albemarle telling her high school students, “It is a great place to start while you decide on what you want to do with your life. COA provides many opportunities that allow you to accomplish your dreams.”

As an integral member of the First Flight High School staff since the school opened in August 2004, Danielle was selected as First Flight High School’s 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year. Danielle stated, “I teach in the best school in the biosphere – next to the sand dune of where two young men’s dreams came true.” In addition to leadership roles at FFHS, she has spearheaded a community-based Discovery Science Program for preschool and elementary aged children that involves high school students. “Young children learn about science through fun, hands-on activities. My anatomy students create projects for Discovery Science about the human body and teach it to the younger students.”

Danielle had the honor and privilege to be the keynote speaker at First Flight High School’s 2011 Commencement. In her address, Danielle shared the following message, “Education is the light that will allow you to see and easily step over the things that would trip you up before you fall. Your education, whether formal or not, is the light that will keep you on your chosen path in even your darkest hour. You have the natural passion for learning, the tools and freedom to collaborate, create and innovate by nurturing your environment and your fellow man. You will be SUCCESSFUL and will obtain your dreams!”

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