Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Maggie James

I’m honored to serve as the ESL Specialist here at Gulledge Elementary. This is my 8th year in Plano ISD and my 17th year in education. I’m originally from California where I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with my BA in Liberal Studies and Pepperdine University with my MA in Education. I bring with me a range of experience including teaching First, Second, and Third grade as well as Second Grade Bilingual. 


I have a passion for inclusion and equity and a heart for children. Having been an English Learner myself, I strive to serve families and students with a deep understanding of language acquisition and empathy. I believe that having multiple languages is a gift and an asset that should be honored and leveraged within the school community. 


Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending time with my family, including my husband and three children. They keep me busy and on my toes! We enjoy living room dance parties and watching all sports, but especially cheering on the LSU Tigers, New Orleans Saints, and the Dallas Mavericks. Food is my love language and I love baking with my kids whenever I get the chance. 


I’m thrilled to be a Gulledge Gator!