Dr. Jim Christopher was appointed Head of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School in the Spring of 2012. Prior to coming to KGMS, Dr. Christopher was Head of Somersfield Academy, a pre-primary to Grade 10 Montessori and IB/MYP school in Devonshire Bermuda. Over his career, Jim has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools and the Canadian Educational Standards Institute for nine years; was Head of Weston School, a school for underachieving and learning disabled students, in Montreal; and, had a long and successful career in the public education system in Ontario Canada where he was a teacher, elementary and secondary Principal, and ultimately Superintendent of Schools in a large rural school district.
Dr. Christopher is a graduate in Honours History from Trinity College at the University of Toronto; has a Bachelor of Education in History; a Masters in Curriculum; and his doctorate in educational administration. Jim Christopher is the author of numerous books and articles on European and North American History; Gifted Education; strategic planning; independent school governance; and, the effective use of technology in schools.
Dr. Christopher, and his wife, Rheanne Stevens, moved from Bermuda to North Vancouver, British Columbia in the summer of 2012 with their two sons, Morgan and Quinn.
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