Phone: (256) 772-2547
Degrees and Certifications:
Washington College - Bachelor of Arts, English Washington College - Master of Arts, English ALSDE - Provisional Certification, Secondary English
Mr. James P. Maguire
“Who is Mr. Maguire, and how is he as a teacher?”
I have always loved reading -- but it wasn’t until the first time I helped my youngest brother with it that I actually considered teaching as a career. To my parents, it probably seemed like an ordinary moment in the backseat on a family trip. To me, helping him sound out letters and make them meaningful for himself instilled in me a sense of pride and purpose.
Today, my brother is a college graduate with a degree in business, but I’m still living for those “light bulb” moments: seeing a student’s face gradually shift from puzzled to comprehending, nervous to confident.
In 2006, I graduated from Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, DE, receiving both high school and IB diplomas.
In 2009, I graduated magna cum laude from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta honor societies, with a B.A. in English.
In 2011, I graduated from Washington College with a M.A. in English, at which time I became an Associate Teacher at Wilmington Friends School, my alma mater. There, I worked with elementary and middle school students full-time as a classroom teacher and after-school counselor.
In 2013, I moved from my hometown in Delaware to Huntsville, AL, and joined Randolph School’s faculty as an English and drama teacher in the middle school, where I taught, coached, and advised students for four years.
In 2017, I accepted a position at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, where I taught ninth- and tenth-grade students English, also serving as faculty representative and coach for the varsity wrestling team.
Sports: Wrestling, soccer, football, baseball, tennis, golf, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, disc golf, curling….
Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, & 76ers; Baltimore Orioles; New Jersey Devils; U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team… and many more….
Books: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien….
TV Shows: Breaking Bad, The Wire, Westworld, The Office (U.S.), Parks & Recreation, Criminal Minds….
Music: All of it! Seriously. If you don't believe me, ask what I'm listening to at the moment!
Games: Settlers of Catan, D&D, Overwatch, NBA2K, FIFA, MLB: The Show, Jackbox Party Packs 1-4....
Students: All of them!