Union Public Schools
Union Public Schools

Steven James - World and Multicultural History


They say you're never too old to start something new. I'm about to put that saying to the test this year at Union High School. After spending two-thirds of the past 28 years writing and taking photographs for nearly every suburban Tulsa newspaper at one point or another, I am launching into a new career teaching world and multicultural history.

I am a Tulsa native and a lifelong metro area resident. I earned my bachelor's degree in history and education from The University of Tulsa and, after two semesters writing for the student newspaper, backed into a journalism career at the Sapulpa Daily Herald.

Teaching history was always in the back of my mind, though. So after some 20 years at the Herald, Broken Arrow Ledger (where I covered Union's 2004 state champion football and basketball teams), Tulsa World, Jenks Journal, Glenpool Post, South County Leader, Sand Springs Leader, Owasso Reporter, Coweta American and other papers, the thought of teaching popped up more and more.

I finally decided I didn't want to be 90 years old and wonder if I shouldn't have at least tried teaching history, so I finished my few remaining certification requirements about a year ago and have been a substitute for grades 5-12 at another local school district. I'm very happy to make Union my home.


Department: History
Room: 1207
Planning Period: 8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
Phone: (918) 357-7177
Email: james.steven@unionps.org
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