James E. Ford
Filling the Gap Educational Consultants, LLC
James E. Ford is an award-winning educator and consultant on issues of equity in education. He is the Principal at Filling the Gap Educational Consultants, LLC. Most recently, he was the Program Director at the Public School Forum of North Carolina, an education think-tank and advocacy organization. Prior to this, he served as the 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and the representative for 95,000 public school teachers throughout the state.
Ford was recognized as Charlotte Magazine’s 2014 Charlottean of the Year, and the 2014 National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Teacher of the Year. Ford is a self-professed “equity warrior” who believes education is a human right. He writes and speaks extensively on the topics of race, class, and education equity and advocates for the most disadvantaged student populations.
Ford taught World History at Garinger High School in Charlotte, NC starting in 2010. Ford earned a bachelor of science in mass communication from Illinois State University in 2003 and a master’s degree in teaching from Rockford University in 2009. He is currently pursuing his PhD at UNC-Charlotte in Urban Education.