Board of Directors


Anish K. Simhal

Anish founded Bull City Classrooms in March 2018 as a way to contribute to Durham’s vibrant community. When not working on recruiting volunteers or finding teachers to help out, he moonlights as a postdoctoral fellow at the Child Mind Institute.

James Hopkins

James I.  Hopkins took the helm at Lakewood Elementary school in the summer of 2017 and immediately hit the ground running on a listening tour through the community engaging with teachers—past and present, parents, students, and stakeholders. While Hopkins has 9 years of High School teaching experience, 1 year of middle school administrative experience, and has spent 5 years as a High School administrator, his transition to Elementary School could not have come at a better time. Hopkins’ understanding of secondary academic expectations and the range of skills required for success in both Middle and High School continue to play a major role in his leadership at Lakewood Elementary School.


Jason Jowers

Jason Jowers currently is entering his second year as the Principal of Eno Valley Elementary within the Durham Public Schools.  Jason his been in education for 12 years, 10 of which he has spent with Durham Public Schools as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. In 2011 Jason was recognized as Durham Public Schools Teacher of the year.  In 2015 Jason was recognized as North Carolina’s Assistant Principal of the year.


Margaret Goodhand

Meg Goodhand is an experienced K-12 educator having worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and school leader. Meg is currently a principal at EK Powe Elementary School. Meg attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her Master’s in School Administration and Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  As a leader at a Community School in Durham, Meg values the role of collaboration with community agencies and stakeholders.  She believes the role of a school is be the hub of a neighborhood.