James Parrish


James Garland Parrish III is a spring 1987 initiate of the Iota Sigma Chapter at the University of California, Davis.


James has dedicated the last 25 years working in the Jefferson Elementary School District. He is the principal of Ben Franklin Intermediate School in Daly City.


I consider myself a leader who has an adaptive leadership style. I believe in fostering a climate of trust, where innovation and structured, calculated risks are used as a tool of empowerment, inspiration and transformation. I am a leader who sets a high standard of ethics by modeling in collaborative settings effective strategies to engage in high discourse addressing complex and challenging issues that are presented in education and schools today. I am a life-long learner and embrace feedback openly to build environments of trust and respect. With this approach I have found people are motivated to do their best work individually and work as a team collectively. Success is a team effort and does not depend exclusively on one person as we are all in this work together.


James earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UC Davis and obtained his California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Sacramento State University. In addition, he holds a Masters of Science in School Counseling and Marriage Family Therapy and Masters of Arts-Administrative Education from San Francisco State University. James lives in the Bay Area with his wife Monique and is the proud father of three children, Julian, Niara and Liana Parrish.