Former Bermuda Educator Publishes Book

January 1, 2014

smashwords dr jim christopherA former Bermuda principal has taken what he’s learned about education on the island and around the world in putting pen to paper and publishing “Beyond the Manual: A Realist’s Guide to Independent School Governance,” a book intended to help educators to better prepare themselves for the reality of managing and teaching in independent schools.

The book’s author, Dr. Jim Christopher, previously served as the Head of Somersfield Academy in Devonshire.

According to the book’s official description, “Many independent schools are poorly, or at least erratically, governed. No matter which direction people point the finger of blame, a failed or failing school has usually fallen victim to ineffective school leadership and that is invariably a product of poor governance.

“This practical guide goes beyond the textbook definitions of governance to explore the realities of how Boards actually work.”

Dr. Christopher’s biography says, “Dr. Jim Christopher was appointed Head of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School [KGMS] 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, Dr. Christopher 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, Canada in the summer of 2012 with their two sons, Morgan and Quinn.”

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  1. Ronald Brindlay says:

    “Dr. Christopher” of what…chiropractic medicine??

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      The article says what he got his PhD in. Of course, you have to spend 30 seconds and actually read the article.