James Tomberlin


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I am originally from southern California and moved to Arizona in 2003. Teaching History was something I had wanted to do from a young age, but as fate would have it, as I neared completing a major in Social Studies the world of special education called to me. The more I worked with students with IEPs the more I realized that was where my true passion lies and where I feel I have the most positive impact on learners. In 2010, I graduated from ASU with a bachelor's degree in Special Education.

I love baseball, and specifically the St. Louis Cardinals. My wife, who tolerates my obsession by often watching games with me and listening to my rants, has become quite a Cardinals fan and also attends games with me whenever they are in Phoenix. We made our first trip together to St. Louis in 2017, visited again in January 2018 for the annual Cardinals Winter Warm-up, and I hope we make it back again soon.

I have been a teacher now for nearly a decade, all of which have been in HUSD schools. I started my teaching career at Centennial, working with 5-8 grade students, transferred to Sossaman Middle school, then transferred to Higley High School. I left HUSD to accept an administrative position with another organization and then three years ago returned to Centennial.