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Mx. Cynthia James » About Me

About Me

I’m thrilled to be teaching another year at TennTech and play a small part in helping future generations of leaders, thinkers, dreamers, and builders. I believe students have valuable life experiences and opinions that can help enhance their learning. I also commit myself to teach students the value of words to both think critically about the world and create much-needed change.

Courses Taught:

  • ELD 1
  • English 10 / Honors English 10
  • Creative Writing


  • BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing -- Emerson College (Boston, MA)
  • M.Ed. in Reading and Language Arts Education -- University of Houston (Houston, TX)

My Advice to Future Students:

I was always a voracious reader, even in high school. I also wrote thousands of words each week, purely for pleasure, generally in the realm of fiction. I was used to receiving praise and high grades...this all changed during my first semester in college.

I was an English major in a college with a very prestigious writing program. Suddenly, the special talent I had was not very remarkable. I struggled with the volume of reading and quick deadlines. My writing fared even worse. Inevitably, my grades and confidence grew weaker.

I realized that I was in danger of dropping out of school: me, who was among the first in my immigrant family to attend college. So I started on a new approach. Schedules and to-do lists became my new religion. I had to make sure I could balance all deadlines and pace myself. My grades did a complete turnaround and I soon started to earn back that confidence.

My advice: structure your time and deal with problems while they are small. Your teachers won’t always be there to hold your hand. Take control of your own life and future!