Principal James C. Presley
200 Cleveland Avenue
Wildwood, Florida 34785
(352)568-1113 ext. 83210
James C. Presley is married to Yolanda F. Presley; together they have two children, Shakinah and Malachi Presley. He is the second of seven children born to the late Delores Presley. He was raised in a single parent home in Wildwood, Florida. He graduated from Wildwood High School in 1986 and matriculated at Flagler College to complete his B.A. Degree in Business Administration in 1991. He earned his Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Troy University in 2005. He is a member of the National Alternative Education Association, Florida Alternative Educators Association, Black Educators Rock, Inc., Targeted Selection Interview committees of Seminole, Lake and Sumter Counties, 1st Vice-President-NAACP Sumter County Branch . He was inducted in the Flagler College Athletic Hall of Fame (2008) and the Wildwood Middle High School Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame (2019).
Principal Presley became the Principal of Sumter PREP Academy in 2014 – present, which was formerly known as Sumter Alternatives School. As Principal of Sumter PREP Academy, he is leading the mandate of creating a culture that helps students to strive for a positive R.A.A.A.P, shift from students to scholars, and link their behaviors to school-wide expectations and norms. As the instructional leader of Sumter PREP Academy, Principal Presley’s leadership has produced a Positive Response Education Program that focuses on teaching academics and building relationships. He has developed a PBIS program that has received international, national, state, and local recognition. A number of school districts in the state of Florida is modeling it.
Principal Presley believes that a highly effective school culture includes a culture of vision and leadership, recognition and celebration, intervention and support, attendance and learning, and empowerment and employment. He has a passion to shift the trajectory of a student’s life by helping them to find their value. This passion to help others can be attributed to the lessons learned from his mom, the late Delores Presley. She was a single mom who raised seven children, as a waitress. Moreover, she was a praying mother who dealt with poverty by making sacrifices for the future of her children.