James Clarke has been the principal of the Multicultural Academy of Scholarship (MAS) High School located in Little Village for the past four years. MAS was founded as the “Arts” school within Little Village and Lawndale community. He believes that when done properly or effectively, an education based in the arts boosts students’ critical thinking skills that are necessary for success after high school. Under his leadership, MAS has rose a Level 2 school to the cusp of Level 1 status.
James began his teaching career 14 years ago in St. Louis as a member of Teach for America’s inaugural corp. During his time in St. Louis, he wrote the district’s construction mathematics curriculum. His curriculum work garnered two nominations for the district’s math teacher of the year in a four-year span.
He believes that all students have the right to an excellent education, and he became a teacher to help students make connections between academics and life success. He also believes that everyone in the city of Chicago has a shared responsibility to make sure that all of our young people are successful in schools. James is excited to join the EAC to collaborate with some of the most respected principals from around the city of Chicago, thus creating more resources for his students at MAS.