Born and raised in the Maryland suburbs, Jim McClurkin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in European Literature. He later earned his M. Ed. from Antioch New England Graduate School with a dual certificate in public and Waldorf education. Jim is in his 25th year of teaching, 18 of those years with middle school students. He joined the WSA faculty in 1999 as a sixth grade teacher, and graduated that class in 2002. He also graduated classes in 2004, 2009 and 2013. Prior to teaching, Jim's varied work experiences have included carpentry, roofing, string band musician and bicycle messenger. He has lived in England, biked through Western Europe, and hitchhiked and walked through Guatemala and Mexico. He has been to 48 of the 50 states in America. Studying the subjects that he teaches is Jim's primary recreation. He also enjoys reading, music and jogging. Jim notes that "my work and travel experience seem to have cultivated an appreciation for virtually any way of being that I encounter in the children I teach."
July 15, 2016 - We received some very sad news that Mr. Jim McClurkin, our beloved teacher at The Waldorf School of Atlanta has recently died. Mr. McClurkin has enriched our community (Atlanta) for 17 years, taking 4 classes through grade 8. We are all shocked and very saddened by this news.
There will be a Memorial Service in Atlanta on Friday evening, September 23, 2016.
Details may be found here
We have also set up the following Facebook page
to honor Jim. Please post photos and memories so that we can all share and remember this extraordinary human being and what he has meant to Waldorf students, families and colleagues over many years.