Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Jim Perry
Once my children were grown and independent, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue a long-held dream of becoming a teacher. I brought a number of experiences with me into my classroom. Among these were a decade of military service as a linguist and intelligence analyst, and sixteen years in a variety of business management positions. Along the way I’ve enjoyed opportunities as varied as foreign exchange student, Disneyworld cast member, and Big Brother mentor. My greatest blessings, however, have been my family. Between us, my wife and I have one daughter, three sons, three grandsons, and two granddaughters – each of whom is extraordinary and wonderful in their own way.
My teaching experience includes three years in a 6th grade classroom and two years as a K-6 ESL Resource Teacher. In preparation for the move to administration, I interned at Elberta Middle, Fairhope Intermediate, and Daphne High. In January of 2015 I was doubly blessed to be given the chance to be an assistant principal working simultaneously at Magnolia School and Robertsdale Elementary. The blessings continued in July of 2016 when I was gifted with the extraordinary honor to serve as principal of Stapleton Elementary School, also known as a "sweet, sweet school" and "the best kept secret in the county".
I’m humbled by the awesome responsibility and tremendous privilege of being a professional educator, and start each day hoping to help students become equally blessed in the realization of their dreams.
• Class A, Educational Administrator / Instructional Leader, P-12
• Class A, Elementary-Secondary / English for Speakers of Other Languages, P-12
• Class B, Elementary Education, K-6
• Educational / School Leadership, Class A Educational Administrator Certification Program, University of South Alabama
• Master of Education, University of South Alabama / Major – Secondary Education / English for Speakers of Other Languages
• B.S., Elementary Education, University of South Alabama
• A.S., Elementary Education, Faulkner State Community College
Dear Stapleton Family,
You have most likely seen the “Yet” banner displayed at the front of the school. We have placed this sign in such a prominent place to remind our students that they possess the ‘Power of Yet’, which is a key aspect of what is termed a growth mindset. Students who have a growth mindset know that just because they do not understand a concept or have not mastered a skill, that simply means they haven’t done so ‘yet’. With perseverance and hard work, they can achieve their goals.
We know that our students are going to be faced with problems and difficulties throughout their lives. We also know that, to be successful, it is crucial that they develop the resilience and self-confidence needed to effectively deal with life’s challenges. If we can help our students achieve a growth mindset in school, they will be well-equipped to learn and succeed academically, and will have critical life skills for future success. This way of thinking is summarized in the chart below which contrasts the fixed and growth mindsets.
There are many ways that you can help your children develop a growth mindset. Here are four that I find especially powerful:
- Remind your child that the brain is a muscle that gets stronger with learning and practice.
- Focus on your child’s efforts, not necessarily results. Catch them being persistent.
- Encourage your child to have healthy attitudes toward failure and challenge. Both are natural and necessary parts of learning, and both are opportunities to learn and to grow.
- Use the word ‘yet’ often and encourage your child to do so as well. Self-talk is powerful.
Working together we can equip our students with the mindset they need to deal with adversity, and the ability to achieve success as they define it. For the amazing children that are the heart and soul of Stapleton School, the best is ‘yet’ to come.
Jim Perry :-)