James Cormier is a multidisciplinary artist with a strong interest in science. For the past 14 years he has taught art and science at Spring Valley School in Birmingham, AL. Other experience includes seven years in exhibit fabrication and design at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL, teaching art at both the college and elementary school levels in New Orleans, LA and six years of experience in technical theatre in positions such as Master Carpenter and Master Scenic Artist. James has a BFA from the University of Montevallo, an MFA from Tulane University and a MS in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia. James has exhibited work in a variety of fine art and educational venues including UAB’s Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences and Johns Hopkins University.
As an educator James often employs science to teach art and art to teach science. He uses a hands-on approach and inclusive dialogue to engage his students in the learning process.
NSHSS is providing eight (8) $1,000 grants to enhance STEAM-related activities, innovation, and classroom excellence for teachers in a STEAM field. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of their courses.