James Forrester

Fellowship Placement: U.S. House of Representatives

After teaching mathematics, physics, and computer science for six years at Salem High School, in Salem, Virginia, James worked in the congressional offices of Morgan Griffith and David Roe as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. In these offices, James advised the Congressmen on education issues, met with a wide range of stakeholders, and worked on special projects for the Congressmen.

Following the fellowship, James became a professional staff member with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. James advises the Chairwoman and committee members on education related appropriations and budget issues, national service programs, and museum and library programs.

James earned a Bachelor of Science in physics with a minor in mathematics and a Master of Arts in science education from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in educational leadership from Radford University. He is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia in K-12 administration as well as a secondary mathematics, physics, and computer educator. James served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for six years, from 2001 to 2007 as a combat engineer.