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Mr. Clapp's Biography

About Mr. Clapp

Well, I was born in Jacksonville, Florida.  However, my family moved to Orlando, Florida when I started the 10th grade. I graduated from Edgewater High School. in 1988.  

After High School, I worked for Publix Supermarkets while going toValencia Community College.  From1992 to 1994, I attended theUniversity of Missouri-Columbia as a History and Wildlife Management Major. While at the University of Missouri, I participated in the Walt Disney World College Program and worked atWalt Disney World. In 1996, I started to worked for theBest BuyCompany and for many years was a corporate trainer and a Media Supervisor responsible for the Music, Movies, Computer Software and Video Game Department. I worked at stores in Lexington, KY , Pittsburgh, PA , and Bayshore, NY (on Long Island). In 2002, I enrolled at the University of Kentucky and received both my Bachelors and my  Masters Degrees in Education there. My Major was History and I minored in Political Science .

I now live happily in Stanton, Kentucky and am starting my third year teaching at Powell County High School. I show my Pirate Spirit by being the Public Announcer at home football games and occasionally filling  in as PA for basketball games.  I also enjoy being a chaperone on the yearly Band Trip. 

My hobbies include Reading, Chess and Strategy Games like Civilization IV.  I also enjoy playing Guitar III and other games on my XBOX360. I also enjoy watching College and NFL Football with my favorite college teams being the Kentucky Wildcats, Missouri Tigers and the Penn State Nittany Lions , my favorite NFL team is the 5-time Super Bowl Champs, the Pittsburgh Steelers or as they say in McKeesport, Stillllers.  While waiting for College Football in the Fall, my favorite MLB baseball team is the St. Louis Cardinals and  I enjoy going to the Mountain View Drive-In in Stanton during the summer.

School Newspaper Article 2005-2006 School Year

A New Beginning

       At the beginning of the 05’- 06’ school year, Powell County High School students were introduced to eight new teachers, Ms. Shana Bailey, Ms. Gretchen Brewer, Mr. James Clapp, Mr. David Collins, Mrs. Shirley Evans, Mrs. Keri Johnson, Mr. William Melton, and Ms. Jolanta Sacewicz.  Monthly we will be featuring an article on these new teachers. 

Mr. James Clapp, a native Floridian, is in his second year of   teaching.  His life and travels have taken him all over the United States.  His story is an intriguing one.

His journey began in 1992.  He left Florida in search of new experiences and began his college education at the University of Missouri. After changing his major several times, feeling uncertain and out of place, he then decided that he needed a break. He then applied for an internship at the Walt Disney World theme park, and moved back to Florida, leaving behind both Missouri and his education. Sadly, the internship only lasted over the summer; prompting a move to Iowa to be near a friend. It was in Iowa that he started working for the Hilton Hotel Chain in customer service.  The job was great, but the long cold Iowa winters were harsh so he asked to be transferred to another branch of the hotel in Lexington KY. 

Again the urge for new experiences arose and he sought a position with the Best Buy Corporation. Who knows? You just might have seen him showing a new employee the ropes in a store in Lexington. Despite his happiness in Lexington, Best Buy decided they needed his skills as a Corporate Trainer in Long Island New York, so again he moved up North.  Once there he opened sixteen new Best Buy stores!

You must be wondering, how did he ever end up in the profession of teaching? It was after the September 11th tragedy that he felt the urge to serve his country and decided he should do so by teaching its children. Wanting to finish the education that he had abandoned earlier, he applied at the University of Kentucky, and graduated two years later with a Master’s Degree in education, focusing in history.

  Mr. Clapp taught at Lafayette High School in Lexington for his first year in the field. He really enjoyed teaching and being back in Lexington, the home of the Wildcats.  Luckily for us, a friend of his persuaded him to come to Powell County when an opening in the history department came up.  And now here he is in little ol’ Powell County.  After all of his travels, who would have suspected that his journey end here?             

In his opinion, the best thing about being a teacher is the fact that he can teach students the importance of history and be a role model at the same time.  In the future he would like to be a Nationally Certified Teacher, and someday visit Europe and take his own photographs instead of just seeing them in books.

          As you can see, Mr. Clapp is a well-traveled man and definitely has beneficial experience. We are proud to call him one of our own.  Good Luck Mr. Clapp.

By: Lauren Froman