James Ingram received his Bachelors of Science from Texas Wesleyan University and a Masters of Education from Texas Christian University. He celebrated 34 years of teaching the fifth grade at Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas. During his time there, he was the first recipient of the Elementary District Teacher of the Year award and the Extended Service Award from the Eagle Mountain Elementary PTA. In February of 2007, Mr. Ingram was honored by the Saginaw Area Commerce with the Educator of the Year Award and in May of 2007, the school board passed a resolution to rename the performance stage at the elementary school in honor of Mr. Ingram’s retirement.

In his 34 years, Mr. Ingram taught over 2,000 students. During his tenure he put on many theatrical productions with his students. He began this journey with historical musicals such as 1776, Camelot, and Shenandoah. Janine Turner made her debut on his stage as Martha Jefferson in one of his productions of 1776. His experience culminated in the much-anticipated William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; a project that had been 25 years in the making. Mr. Ingram is pleased to continue influencing future generations as he joins the Education Advisory Board.