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St. James names new principal

Saint James Head of School Melba Richardson (r) welcomes John Tatum, the school’s newly named high school principal, to the STJ administrative team. Saint James Head of School Melba Richardson (r) welcomes John Tatum, the school’s newly named high school principal, to the STJ administrative team.

MONTGOMERY, AL -- Saint James School has named John Houston Tatum, Jr. to the position of High School Principal, beginning in July 2009.  Tatum, a 38 year education veteran whose early years were spent teaching in public schools in Florida and Georgia, spent 23 of the last 25 years at The Montgomery Academy, serving as an art teacher, athletic director and head coach.  Since 2007, Tatum has coordinated the State of Alabama's STAR Sportsmanship Program, a special online interactive training program designed and administered by Learningthroughsports.com.

"When looking for the right candidate to fill this position, my top priority was to find an experienced administrator of unquestionable character and integrity," Saint James Head of School Melba Richardson said.  "In addition, I sought someone who has a proven record in working effectively with students, faculty, parents, and administrators.  John Tatum's professional experience --in addition to his personal qualities of honor, integrity, and moral conviction -- make him a perfect match for Saint James School.  He certainly understands the balance of the arts and athletics within a strong, dynamic academic program."

Tatum received his undergraduate degree in Art and Physical Education from Troy University, and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University in Atlanta. 

"After thirty-eight years as an art and physical education teacher, head track and football coach as well as an athletic director, I am looking forward to a new role as high school principal.  Although I will be continuing in the educational field, there are different challenges I find very appealing," Tatum said. "Supervising a large coaching staff, most of the students in school and more than thirty teams in over ten sports relates well to working with a school faculty and all its disciplines.  The secret of success as a head coach, athletic director or principal is to surround yourself with the best possible staff and let them do their jobs.  This will equip our students with the best all around educational experience and prepare them for their future endeavors."

Tatum replaces current interim principal Craig Jones, who leaves to become headmaster of Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia, following completion of the 2008-09 academic year. 

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