My name is James F. Newsome Sr. I am a retired Military Intelligence Officer with over thirty years of service. I completed my military career with two tours back to back in Kuwait. I retired with the rank of Major. I have one son who is also in the military.
    I completed my B.S. at Morgan State University, and my M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. While attending Morgan State, I played football for three years. I played outside linebacker, tight end, and defensive end. I also pledged Phi Beta Sigma.

    At the University of Wisconsin -LaCrosse, I earned my masters degree and served as a grad assistant for the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Football team. In 1987, I assisted the team in playing for a National Championship, however, we lost with seven second left on the clock. In addition to my grad assistant work, I received a fellowship with the New Orleans Saints football team. I served as a defensive line coach.

    I have served fifteen years as an educator. I have experience as a Special education teacher and a school counselor. In my last assignment, I served as an Alternative School Program Coordinator in Calhoun County. While in Calhoun County, I coached track. During my three years as the track coach, my team earned two individual 1st place state medals, one in the shot-put, and the other in the high jump. My high jumper also earned a 2nd place state medal in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. This school year he is favored to win (3) 1st place state medals (high jump, triple jump, and the long jump). I have served six years as a head girls basketball, and six years as a defensive line football coach.

    I am currently working on my PhD in behavioral science at Capella University. Long range goals are to open a sport complex and a counseling center once I complete my PhD program and my internship for my LPC license. I plan to continue working in the school system, however, I will be doing it from my private practice. My main focus will be teaching young men how to be a man and how to treat women.

    My mission is to promote each student's career development, academic, personal, and social growth through the delivery of a comprehensive guidance and counseling program. I advocate and provide support to all students as they discover their own interests and abilities. I am a guide for students as they work through life's accomplishments and challenges. Through a developmentally appropriate guidance curriculum, I help instill self-understanding and a life-long love for learning as they begin their journey as responsible and knowledgeable citizens. My primary objective is simple; provide as many opportunities for students as possible.

    I look forward to working with the staff, faculty, and especially the students in McCormick School District.