James Aycock

Guest Blogger

Director of Scholar Support, Grizzlies Prep

Memphis, Tennessee

James Aycock is the director of scholar support at Grizzlies Prep, an all-boys public charter middle school located in downtown Memphis. He previously served as the founding special education coordinator with Tennessee’s Achievement School District, after several years as a special educator and baseball coach for Memphis City Schools.

James served as a contributing writer for several years at Bluff City Education. His work has been featured by the Tennessee Department of Education, the State Collaborative On Reforming Education (SCORE), the Tennessee Charter School Center, Think Inclusive, Memphis School Guide, and SpecialEd Post. James is also the father of two children, a 1st grader and a third-grader, who attend a local Memphis public charter school.

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

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