Mr. Jim Thompson Goodrum II
Jim Goodrum is the Director of After-School Program for the Lower School and the Director of Summer & Academic Programs for Middle and Upper Schools. He comes to CDS from Falling Creek Camp where he served as Program Director and Staffing Director. His experience with schools includes Mercer University where he served as Assistant Director of Admissions and Associate Director for Recreational Sports & Wellness. He serves on Mercer University's Alumni Board of Directors for the College of Liberal Arts, is the Lead Accreditation Visitor for the American Camp Association, and serves on the Advisory Board (Outdoor Industry) for the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development.
Get to know Jim Goodrum:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? "I have the unique opportunity to get to personally know the students that I engage with. Understand what their dreams are and focus on what great opportunities are ahead for them."
What do you like most about your job at CDS? "A community that is engaged and strives to challenge each student through mind, body, and spirit."
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? "Being curious is what being a kid is all about. Being excited and feel safe in an environment that encourages you to try. That sense of discovery is so valuable in a student's development and it re-enforces their confidence to dream and be equipped to unlock their potential."
What books and authors inspire you and your work at CDS? "The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Igguldden. In this day and age, we get caught up in our over-structured lives and an 'I-need-it-now' mentality. It is healthy exercise to take a step back and embrace the simple things in life and the foundational skills that I take for granted. It is an opportunity for me to celebrate the great people that that taught me so much at an impressionable age."
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” Lewis Grizzard
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
What personal passion brings balance to your life? "My family. Go Cats!"