Life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect, for better or for worse. However, through it all there is always hope- and a reason to look ahead. Persevering through challenges and finding purpose and meaning in serving others becomes the true measure of success. Teaching has been a journey of finding the joy in fulfilling the calling of a lifetime while learning my own invaluable lessons.
James Young is a music teacher at the Johnson-Wabash 6th Grade Center in Ferguson and Missouri’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2022. Young served in the United States Army before returning to school to become a teacher. His military service included membership in the U.S. Army Chorus during his tour in South Korea. Young has fifteen years of teaching experience with the majority of time spent in the Ferguson-Florissant School District where he has taught Middle School Band, Guitar, Music Appreciation, General Music and a co-taught Musical Theater class. He has worked with organizations including St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, St. Louis Classical Guitar, Strings Attached and LIFE Arts Inc. to help bring high quality arts education to his students. Young believes in being an example and positive influence for future generations through his work as a teacher in the community. He resides in Ferguson with his wife and seven children, and is a graduate of the district.