Shared by Matthew Blevins on March 24, 2020
Dr. James gave me a love for Biology and an appreciation for life. He was a true man of God, and would always be singing hymns when I would visit him after class. I had the good fortune to be in his classes since my first day at ASMS, and have taken nearly all the classes he taught plus his special project. In my time in these classes, I learned so much about Biology, but the most valuable lessons he gave all of us was about life. He would love to tell us stories about everything from his childhood to his time teaching. You could always tell how hard he worked to change his students lives for the better, and how much he cared for everyone around him. He always went the extra mile for us and was willing to help with whatever. I still have the video from when I interviewed him for a different class, but like always he was happy to help. Dr. James was one of the best teachers I have ever had and gave something to all his students that goes far beyond the classroom.
Shared by Caroline Nelson on March 23, 2020
Dr. James was one of the best men on this planet, and definitely one of the very best people I will ever know. I've only known him for about a year now I guess, but he has made one of the biggest impacts on my life. Both Zoology classes I had with him, I did not originally intend to be placed in, but I think God had something different in mind and wanted me to meet Dr. James. He always was kind to every single person he met, and I will never forget the four or five minutes I would come to class early and we would sit and talk about our lives, my future, his past students, or he would just sing hymns. I will really miss hearing his stories and being in a class with him. He put others needs above all else, and he will forever inspire me on how I should live. I'm forever thankful that I met him, and I will never forget the impact he has had on me. I know he is finally at peace now, and Heaven gained a great man.

Our beloved teacher!

Shared by Morrison Muleri on March 23, 2020
Dr. Njengere was an outstanding teacher and a great person across continents. We loved him greatly at Kabarak High School in Kenya in 1986-87 when he was our Christian Union Club Patron and Biology teacher. I finally graduated and joined the workforce and eventually came to Washington D.C in 2006. I have since toured Alabama several times without knowing he had settled there. It is so sad to lose him but we take solace that he was a strong believer. Alabama, he was our great teacher in Kenya before he became your great teacher, and now heaven has yet another angel. RIP teacher!  

He Still Sings

Shared by Mari S. on March 23, 2020
I never had the chance to have a class with him, but I was lucky to have a few interactions with him to get to know him. In the elevator when we ran into each other as I rushed to class, he would ask me how I was doing and if I was doing okay but in a sincere way which is not common for someone to do when they don't even know your name. But what I most remembered him by was when I was in one of the second floor classrooms after 8th period, I would always hear humming and singing out in the halls. The teachers would smile and say "Dr. James loves to sing." I like to think he's still singing. Rest In Peace. I hope I get to know you one day.
Shared by JaMya Peoples on March 23, 2020
Dr. James was honestly the best person ever and I’m gonna miss his stories about Kenya, his songs he used to sing and how excited he got when talking about sports. He was one of my favorite teachers and he always spoke to me no matter what he was doing. I took majority of my biology classes with him. I’m gonna miss our daily morning conversations. He was always very nice and helpful no matter what he  had going on in his life personally. He will be missed. Rest in paradise Dr. James
Shared by Joel Nyoike on March 23, 2020
James , my friend, my Teacher, Rest in peace. For those who do not Know James was my Teacher at Endarasha High School, Biology the subject James knew to the teeth.. and so I also became. It is all well brother. Peace be with you , Wangari and others May the Love of Dad be with you for ever.
Shared by Hyatt Duong on March 22, 2020
The last time I saw Dr. James was when I graduated from the Arkansas School of Math and Sciences in 2003. However, he was one of the most impactful in my life. He showed that you don't have to choose who to let into your heart; but instead, your heart can always grow bigger. His love for his students was unmatched. He will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered.
Shared by Tuwei Kalya on March 22, 2020
During morning assembly on my first Friday as a fresh Form One student in Nakuru High School (NHS) Mwalimu gathered all Form One kids (better known as njukas) and demanded that by Monday morning we should all bring grasshoppers - min of 5 per student and each grasshopper had to be no smaller than the middle finger. Needless to say I spent my enter first weekend roaming the thick brush and bushes of NHS risking encounters with venomous snakes etc..Come Monday morning I only had two grasshoppers both slightly bigger than my pinky and one had not made it through the weekend alive. I remember the look on his face - he was seething with rage because he thought I was trying to be funny. Thanks for asking; the grasshoppers were for the Form V students dissection experiments. Sure why not take advantage of free Form One labor force and also help them get acclimated to their new environment. It’s times like these where we looked to the heavens and asked God to send locusts just for that weekend. I didn’t enjoy my first weekend but the lesson I learned was that Mwalimu always went the extra mile to take care of his Biology students!!

Message by the Alabama School of Maths and Sciences

Shared by Joel Lehmann on March 21, 2020
We are deeply saddened to share of the tragic loss of one of our faculty members, Dr. James Njenge're, in a car accident this week in Baldwin County. (...) Dr. James has worked as a faculty member in the ASMS Biology Department for 15 years. Before that, he taught at the Arkansas School of Math, Science, and the Arts.

Just two days ago, he contacted me to ask that he be allowed to return to campus during our shut down so that he could help a student add data to her science fair project. This was the kind of man he was, always willing to put the needs of others before his own. First and foremost, though, Dr. James loved his students and was a charismatic lecturer and an ecstatic classroom presence.

Dr. James was also a huge sports fan. I will fondly remember how he loved to watch World Cup matches after school in the Dragon’s Den TV room. He also loved Louisiana State University football and was thrilled when they won the national championship earlier this year.

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