After graduating from Brentwood in 1972, Jim pursued Theatre and Education at UBC and UVic, graduating in 1977 from UVic with a Bachelor of Education with teaching areas in English and Theatre. The following year full-time work was found in the B.C. Interior teaching Theatre at the secondary level. However, being a small community, opportunities allowed for the following of new and old interests within teaching. After 21 years in a small community which allowed for teaching in Elementary and secondary schools and diversity of content areas from Physical Education to a full range of elementary programs, completing a Masters degree from San Diego State University and becoming a school administrator, Jim returned to Vancouver Island serving as a principal in Ucluelet, Port Alberni, and then as director of instruction and Assistant Superintendent in Campbell River. Moving on to a superintendency in the Qualicum School District and completing a doctorate through the University of Calgary in 2015. Jim is now employed at VIU in the Faculty of Education.
Jim’s passion has been for innovation and creative ways to approach student learning in an effort to maximize engagement. He is still passionate about education and is very focused on the possibilities that now exist under the new BC Education Plan.