Dr. James Horton, Coordinator of Secondary Education, received BS (1976), MS (1982) and Specialist (1986) degrees from Missouri State University and Ed. D. degree from Missouri University in 2009. He will also teach a Foundations of Education class. Dr. Horton retired from K-12 education in 2011 after 35 years in education, including 22 years as Superintendent of Schools in three districts (Marion C. Early, Butler and Excelsior Springs). Following his retirement, he served as Executive Director of the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence in Webb City from 2011 until 2016. Previous to his duties as superintendent, he taught Math, Physical Education, Health and Driver’s Education and was a high school principal and athletic director in Crane, Missouri. He coached various sports including the 1992 state softball championship team at Marion C. Early in Morrisville, Missouri.
Dr. Horton served on the Governing Board for the American Association of School Administrators from 2006-2009. Other leadership positions include President of the West Central Superintendent’s Association, Greater Kansas School Administrators Association and the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. He also served on the Missouri State High School Activities Association, Committee for Educational Equality and Forrest T. Jones Professional Educators Insurance Advisory Panel. He was nominated for the Pearce Award given by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.
Horton and his wife, Louise (retired as special education teacher in 2011), have three grown children and two grandchildren. His daughter Megan teaches math and coaches girls’ softball in Adrian, Missouri.