Mr. James A. Browning, Jr.



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. James A. Browning, Jr.

I was born at the Naval Hospital on board Camp LeJeune on December 7, 1964.  My family moved to Richlands when I started elementary school.  Except for my time at college, I have lived in Richlands my entire life.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems from the University of Mount Olive in May 1994 and a Master of School Administration from East Carolina University in May 2018.

I got married on May 16, 1987, to Melisa Kennedy.  She was born and raised in Beulaville.  We met our senior year in high school in 1983.  She graduated from East Duplin and Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson.  She retired in June 2018 from teaching AVID and 7th grade Language Arts at Trexler Middle School in Richlands.

We have two children, Alex and Megan.  My son was born in 1988, and my daughter was born in 1992.  Alex got married in April 2018 to Christina and plans to graduate from Western Carolina in May 2019.  My daughter graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a Master in Elementary Education in May 2016.  Megan teaches 5th grade in Greensboro and married Austin in June 2017.


  •  University of East Carolina University of East Carolina

    Master's of School Administration



    University of Mount Olive

    University of Mount Olive

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems



     University of North Carolina  

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




    Richlands High School Richlands High School 



  • 2011 - Present > Business / Technology Information Teacher at Jacksonville High

    2004  -2011 > Business / Technology Information Teacher at Southwest Onslow High

    1998 - 2003 > Purchasing Manager at Smithfield Foods

    1995 - 1998 > Purchasing Agent at Craven Community College

    1985 - 1995 > Process Engineer at National Spinning Co, Inc.