June 2, 2020 The WTMC Community
In Memoriam: Remembering WTMC Teacher and Assistant Dean Victoria Swanson James
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Pastor Victoria Swanson James on April 1, 2020. She was 69. Victoria taught Social Studies and American government at WTMC from August 1997 until May 2010. She was one of the school’s founding instructors and also served as an Assistant Dean from 2007 until 2009.
Victoria was a committed educator known for her no-nonsense and warm-hearted interaction with students. She was a firm believer in the power of the U.S. Constitution, and she passed that passion and understanding on to her students – her famous “Constitution Exam” was a rite of passage. Her quick humor and infectious laugh could light up a room and put smiles on the faces of all those within earshot.
Victoria is an important part of the legacy of WTMC. She accomplished so much good with the talents and time she had. She was well-loved by her students, and was uniquely able to offer mentorship, wisdom, and support to many African American students.
During her tenure at WTMC, Victoria also served as Pastor of Ekklesia Fellowship Ministries in Ypsilanti. She was a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti and served in a number of civic and volunteer organizations during her lifetime of public service.
The WTMC faculty, staff, and Board of Directors extend our deep condolences to Victoria’s husband Lee James, her 8 children, and fifteen grandchildren.