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Know Your Neighbor: MCHS teacher James Ignoffo

December 04, 2020 - 00:00
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    James Ignoffo and family

Morgan County High School teacher and coach James Ignoffo will forever be known as the school’s first girl’s flag football coach, but he’s no stranger to leading.

Ignoffo teaches 12th grade math of finance and college readiness math at MCHS.

“I love working at Morgan County High School,” Ignoffo said. “I love that the administration supports me and allows me to be creative and innovative in creating lifelong learners. Most of all, I love the students that I get to spend my time here with.”

James and his wife, Lori, moved to Buckhead nine years ago after visiting his sister-in-law.

“We came to visit my wife’s sister here from South Florida and realized it was a great place to raise our children,” Ignoffo said.

James and Lori have three children – Dominick (13), Addie (15) and Grayden (9) – all of whom attend Morgan County schools.

“We have been foster parents for over 15 years NY CRO and have fostered over 100 children,” Ignoffo said. “We have all ages of children but focus mostly on toddlers.”

The family lives on a mini farm, so when he’s not coaching, teaching or spending time with his family, Ignoffo spends time working on the farm and enjoys woodworking.

“My day is mostly working with children,” Ignoffo said. “We usually have more than our children at home, so getting ready for school starts early. When at school, I work with my students. After school, I spend a few hours each day training or coaching either my own children or whatever season we are in.”

Ignoffo not only coached the first girl’s flag football team but he SSING has also coached track and field and football. Ignoffo said he has been coaching track and field hurdlers and jumpers since the mid 1980s. He has been the assistant track and field coach at MCHS for the past two years and will officially take over at the head boy’s track and field coach this year.

“I have also coached football at various levels, including college, through the years,” Ignoffo said.

When asked what he most enjoys about coaching track, Ignoffo said he really “enjoys seeing young people willing to try and see they can go beyond what they thought was possible.”

Ignoffo said he also loves helping his youngest son Grayden with rec sports.

After a busy day at school and coaching, Ignoffo said he likes to spend time with their foster babies.

“They love to talk to me about what they did all day,” Ignoffo said.

Ignoffo said he and his family are “grateful to be accepted by this great community” and they are proud to call Morgan County home.