Biography
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Jim Hopkins

Born: Baltimore, Maryland, 1940

Residence:
135 Green Street, Locust Grove, VA 22508.
Moved to Lake of the Woods in 1994 from Alexandria, VA.

Family: Widower, no children

Education: Jim holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the University of Maryland with an additional thirty hours of postgraduate credits in mathematics and computer science.

Occupation: Jim served as a high school music and mathematics teacher for thirty years (1964-1994).  Before retirement he began a second career as a computer programmer with a series of contracts with the Army Research Institute in Alexandria , VA.  When he moved to Lake of the Woods in 1994 , he continued fulfilling computer programming contracts and began providing professional computer assistance to organizations and individuals within the community.

Civic Activities: Jim is a member of the Lake of the Woods Church and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.  He currently serves on the Lake of the Woods' Rules Committee, an officer of the Civic Club of Lake of the Woods, a group leader for the Fredericksburg Personal Computer Users Group, and Vice President of Stage Alive Community Concert Association.  Jim also serves as Vice Chair of the Orange County School Board and as Chair of the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School Joint School Board.

Objectives: I believe in the value of a public school system that is dedicated to serving and teaching all children. A large portion of our Orange County taxes go to support the public schools. The School Board is responsible for seeing that these funds are spent prudently and in line with the interests of the community. It is a privilege to serve on the Orange County School Board and I will work with the other school board members to improve our school system. This includes encouraging and supporting the administration and teachers to provide a quality education for all students.