James Harrell, principal of Odom Elementary School, has been named the new Federal Programs Director for Colquitt County Schools.Harrell will replace retiring director Gerald Burke as of July 1, 2013.
Harrell began his career in Cook County in 1993 as a middle school band director, acquiring seven years of experience as a classroom teacher before becoming an assistant principal. He began his tenure in Colquitt County in the 2000-2001 school year as an assistant principal at J.M. Odom Elementary. In total, Harrell has five years of experience as an assistant principal and seven years as a principal.
Hel received his bachelors of arts in music education from Valdosta State University. He went on to receive his masters degree in educational leadership from Valdosta State University and his six-year specialist degree in leadership from Walden University.
When asked his thoughts on being named the Federal Programs Director he said, “I am honored to be given this opportunity. I feel that the experience I bring to this position will enable me to have a well-rounded perspective to the job at hand. I am looking forward to working with the staff, parents, and community to make a positive difference in the lives of the students of Colquitt County Schools.”
Harrell and wife, Krista, and have two daughters, Sarah and Caroline.