The independent Nanaimo Christian School has a new principal.
James Sijpheer takes over the reigns at the school from John Reems, who was principal of the school for the last 19 years and has decided to move on to other endeavours.
Sijpheer brings 19 years of teaching experience, mostly at Christian schools, to his position at NCS.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Sijpheer completed his Bachelor of Education through King's University College and the University of Alberta.
After two years teaching middle school at Alberta's Taber Christian School, Sijpheer and his family moved to Victoria in 2001 where he joined the staff at Pacific Christian School as the special education co-ordinator.
In 2006, Sijpheer accepted a vice-principal position at Trinity Christian School in Calgary and in 2012, he and his family moved to the Dominican Republic to teach, lead and serve as the principal of Santiago Christian School.
Having recently completed a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership through the University of Calgary, Sijpheer said he is eager to continue the journey of academic excellence at NCS through strengthening the current programs "within a 21st century context."
He said he's pleased with the school's continuing academic success as NCS typically rates as one of the best academic schools in the city according to rankings from the Fraser Institute, but there can be "no end to growth and improvement" among both the school's students and faculty.
"I plan to bring a new and fresh perspective on education to my new role at NCS," Sijpheer said Tuesday while preparing NCS for the beginning of the school year in two weeks.
"I have a real love and passion for learning and I'm really looking forward to my new position here. I've always loved Nanaimo; it's a beautiful place for me and my family (wife Michelle and sons Ben and Matthew) to live and explore."
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