Mr. James "Todd" McEvers
Phone: 480-472-1583 (e-mail is preferred)
Mr. McEvers is a social studies teacher on Team 8-3.
Mr. McEvers is currently in his 22nd year of certified teaching. He is certified for secondary education in the Social Studies, U.S. History, Political Science/Government and Business Education. He also has an endorsement in ESL and is highly qualified in Economics as well.
Mr. McEvers spent much of his formative years in the Kansas City area and has lived throughout the country as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska, as far east as the Washington D.C. area and as far west as Monterrey, CA. He has now reached his southernmost point here in Mesa, AZ. (He has since eclipsed this last one with a visit to Key West, FL)
Mr. McEvers has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno, which was acquired in 1989. With six years experience in coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, he realized that his influence and knowledge would be better used as a teacher in the classroom as well as on the field. Upon his entrance into ASU, he had already spent two years as substitute teacher to include a full year as a long-term substitute for the visually impaired. Just prior to beginning his first year as a certified teacher at Monument Valley High School (MVHS), he continued to substitute in a variety of grades and content areas, in addition to continuing as a coach with the Scottsdale South Little League.
MVHS, located on the Navajo Reservation, is located minutes away from beautiful Monument Valley along the Arizona/Utah border. Mr. McEvers spent eight years at MVHS teaching 12th grade U.S. Government, which also included a Navajo Government component. During this time, he completed his Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education), sponsored the Student Council, the National Honor Society, and coached basketball and baseball. With the Student Council, he oversaw the first annual Miss MVHS competition. He was also fortunate to be a member of the 1996-97 3A Arizona state champion Mustang basketball coaching staff. He also spent three years as an adjunct faculty member for Dine College's Kayenta Branch teaching a variety of classes in the social sciences.
The year 2006 saw Mr. McEvers join the staff of Mesa Jr. High. During his time there, he taught all three grades of social studies available, served one year as the social studies chair and also spent time coaching the 9th grade boys basketball team. After six years at Mesa Jr., Mr. McEvers saw himself moving on to Taylor Jr. High, where he enters his seventh year teaching 8th grade. After many years of coaching, he put a hold on coaching for two years, but is looking forward to his second season as the coach for Boys Volleyball and also his first coaching 8th Grade Boys Soccer. Mr. McEvers takes immense pride in working hard for his students. "Remember what we are here for," he says, "...and that is to improve student achievement each and every day."