I knew James was destined for great things when he and I would complain about the conditions of the lockers in gym class back at Chapel Hill High in 1986. “SOMEONE SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!” he’d say. Seriously, keep James working for the people of North Carolina!
I was a teacher at Wake and Granville County schools for 36 years. Someone desperately needs to help us! Still volunteering on a weekly basis. The system is so underfunded!!
James was my manager and he was managing our big team. His outstanding leadership skills was a motivation to the team. We all had great appreciation for our manager who used to support us in getting our project deliverables on time and with good quality. He normally encourages a cooperative atmosphere and supports group problem solving, ensuring that the tasks are completed on time without any personal conflicts. I have never seen James losing his temper on any difficult situations, but always motivated the team to meet all challenges with great patience. I would consider James as one of the best managers & a leader whom I have ever worked with. Today James is promoting the public schools in the state of NC. I’m sure his commitment and leadership skills will make him successful in achieving his objective.
Having followed the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board public education in North Carolina closely I know that James has the best, most comprehensive understanding of the complex and challenging issues facing Public Education today. I urge everyone to view his detailed platform that addresses all key issues and demonstrates his superior level of understanding. He is immersed in the issues and wholly engaged in accomplishing the goal of getting all public schools to work towards a constitutional mandate that would dramatically improve public education in North Carolina. He’s very intelligent, and brings an unmatched, wholehearted, strong approach to advocating for public school needs and funding. His competence and presence will demand respect in working with the General Assembly. Please, let’s not miss the opportunity to elect the best candidate for State Superintendent.
I appreciate that I had the chance to serve on the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education with James Barrett. He has always been a champion of what is best for students – supporting high quality and diverse educators, safe and healthy learning environments, appropriate individualized supports, and social justice.
While a family endorsement may not seem like much value, know that I’ve seen more than most how doing public service work has changed James. He lights up when he talks about his work with students and teachers in a way that nothing else does. I’m excited by all the good work that he can accomplish in this role!
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