Social Studies Department

Phone: (719) 494-8800


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Theresa James

I am a native Coloradan who spent most of my childhood moving around due to my dad's job. I went to Doherty High School and then attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I majored in history and minored in geography for my undergraduate degree. I then continued on and obtained my masters in curriculum and instruction. I am in my eighteenth year of teaching. I spent my first seven years at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs School District 11. Once District 11 closed Wasson, I needed to find a new home. I landed here at Vista Ridge High School and am in my eleventh year as a wolf. This year I am teaching Geography/World History and AP Human Geography. I use Google Classroom for all my classes, so students have access to all notes, assignments, test reviews, and a test corrections form. Parents are welcome to join my Google Classroom so they can see what their student is learning in my class. 

If you need to contact me with any questions or concerns, please email me at If you would like to talk with me on the phone, please email me requesting a phone call with times during the school day that work with your schedule and a phone number where I can best reach you.