Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Franklin High School

Home of the Quakers

5405 SE Woodward | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-5140 | Fax: (503) 916-2694

Shay James

Growing up in Portland since the age of five, I have never learned to love the rain or the cold climate. I simply tolerate it as a trade off for living in such a beautiful state. My favorite past time is cooking, relaxing with my family and laughing with my daughter who is an active student at FHS.

I worked in the business sector for eight years before moving into education. My career started at Tubman Middle School teaching eighth grade Language Arts, Social Studies and African American History. As I move into my third year of Administration, I continue to keep my core values focused around students and learning, as well as, relationships and collaboration. Before going into administration I earned my Bachelors of Science (BS) and Masters in Education (M.ED) through Portland State University and Lewis and Clark University. I currently teach as an adjunct professor at Washington State University in Vancouver.

At school I am most energized by kids, their humorous comments, funny looks, and the never-ending questions that keep me on my toes. When anyone asks me what the best part of my job is, or what I like most, I say, “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t laugh hysterically at something a student said or did.” Keep those laughs coming and I am so happy to be at Franklin High School. sjames@pps.net