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James Heapy

20 June 2020
James’ academic career began due to his active participation in athletics. James attended university in the United States on a baseball scholarship where he played for four years with distinction – being elected to the University’s Hall of Fame. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a Social Science Composite major which qualified him to teach across the spectrum of humanities subjects. Upon graduation James returned to his native Canada where he taught history and geography as well as coaching several sports. James’ passion for baseball saw him run provincial wide development and skills training camps. James’ coaching experience includes provincial and national tournaments with members of his developmental teams succeeding to play at the professional level. James has been recognised for his contributions to the sport of baseball in his home province of Manitoba. Two of the teams he played for were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During James’ years of teaching in Canada he was instrumental in organising local and international field trips for his students. James strongly believes that traveling and seeing places described in books helps solidify student knowledge and understanding. James has a passion for travel and continues to explore new locations – usually with a historical or geographical significance. This desire for experiencing new surroundings has seen James teach internationally in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Mainland China. In total, James has more than 20 years of international teaching experience. Throughout his career James has held several administrative positions including Head of Department, Academic Coordinator and he was the Principal of a school in Canada. James has a keen interest in educational policy and philosophy. James returned to university and obtained his Master of Public Administration with a Public Policy major. James has been credited with researching and writing papers regarding provincial and national educational history and policies which have been used to formulate provincial policy. James enjoys being near his young family when his schedule affords. James finds enjoyment from trying the local cuisine in the places where he has lived. His attempts to recreate these dishes in his own kitchen “is an area for growth”. When time allows, James enjoys games of strategy and watching sporting events. Teaching at Wellington is a new adventure for James on his career path. James views this as a fantastic opportunity to instil the ethos and values of the Wellington community into the daily lives of the students. Wellington College offers an incredible chance to develop as a teacher and lifelong learner – attributes James holds as vital to the progress of any child in the dynamic environment of the 21st century.
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