Meet the Interim Principal

Dr. James Mitchem, Jr. — an educator with nearly 40 years of experience — will take the lead as Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School’s interim principal for the 2021-2022 school year.


 Recently retired as superintendent from Valley View Consolidated Unit School District 365,  Dr. Mitchem’s career in education has spanned everything from teacher to dean of students to the highest levels of administration. Prior to serving as District 365’s superintendent from 2011-2020, Dr. Mitchem served as principal at three different schools: Bolingbrook High School (2006-2011), Romeoville High School (2002-2006) and B.J. Ward Middle School (2000-2002) in Bolingbrook. He has also worked as an assistant principal and a dean of students, after beginning his career as a Physical Education teacher in Romeoville. Dr. Mitchem also served his alma mater, DePaul University, as director of Athletic Academic Advising from 1995-1999.


 From DePaul, he received a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, plus a Type 75 certification. He earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. In addition to public school service, Dr. Mitchem also volunteers as a Sunday School teacher and as a community basketball coach for grade schoolers. 


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Dr. James Mitchem
708-335-5540, [email protected]