To all of my loyal readers who have been following me on the web, and to all of the new print magazine readers I cannot wait to meet, I present to you: Making the Grade with Mrs. James: in print! Is this the greatest idea ever for parents, or what?

To all of my loyal readers who have been following me, and to all of the new print magazine readers I cannot wait to meet, I present to you: Making the Grade with Mrs. James. Is this the greatest idea ever for parents, or what?

E-mail me your questions! ColumbusParent@thisweeknews.com.

Here's your chance to not only ask a real teacher anything and everything you could ever want to know about your children's education, but also to read about other parents who are just like you. Ask me anything! Seriously, after 13 years of public school, 5 years of college, 2 years of graduate school, 11 years of combined nannying and classroom teaching, my head is ready to explode with educational information.

So, to save myself from the embarrassing (and messy, I might add) experience of a head explosion, I elected to share my wealth of knowledge with you.


What it's all about!
This column answers your questions and offers advice about study tips, best practices, organization, homework help, yada, yada, yada. I'll also recommend the coolest resources, books, websites and strategies that teachers not only swear by, but kids seem to love as well.

Most of all, I'll address the questions, concerns and ideas (good, bad, ugly and indifferent) of the parental community with a personal teacher touch. I may not be able to save the world or rescue every student from academic crisis, but I think I can begin to tackle the struggle in education in the same way you eat an elephant. One bite at a time! Or in this case, one question at a time!


Who is Mrs. James?
I don't mean to toot my own horn, but just so you can get to know me better, I thought I would share some of my credentials, experiences and interests with you.

I have been a teacher all of my life. When I was a 5-year-old kindergartner, I came home every day and taught my 3-year-old sister Brittany everything I learned at school. By the time Brittany went to kindergarten, the school system didn't know what to do with her! She was already reading chapter books, but was too small to skip a grade.

I still have that strong passion for teaching and private tutoring. Most people would rather teach in a maximum security prison than in a middle school, but it has been my dream ever since I was a little girl and the one profession at which I am naturally great.

This passion has afforded me the opportunity to win Teacher of the Year, give speeches on literacy around the United States, write for an amazing magazine, and open my own tutoring business, Mrs. James' Learning Club. Check out my website if you're looking for a high quality tutor: www.mrsjameslearningclub.webs.com.

If you would like to talk to me or have your question featured in my advice column, please e-mail me. I am totally looking forward to talking to you and answering your questions!

Until then ... Keep up the good work!

Love,
Mrs. James


Rashaun James is the founder and owner of Mrs. James' Learning Club. As a successful and innovative middle school teacher, one of her many professional achievements includes the OCTELA Teacher of the Year Award. She lives in Columbus with her husband.