#TeamVPS: Jim Jeffers

Instructional technology facilitator (and former classroom teacher)

Years with VPS: 33Jim Jeffers, VSAA, ITF, weLearn 1:1

Most memorable career experiences: Helping create the Eagle’s Wing program at Hudson’s Bay High School in the early ’90s, opening the doors of Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in ’96 and every time I gave one of my advocates their diploma aft er being their advocate for seven years at VSAA.

One thing I’ve learned: To help remove barriers and get out of a student’s way. We guide them, closely at first. Then we need to move to the side, and eventually behind them as they create their unique path.

Words that describe me: Compassionate, caring and understanding. Also, “school-dad.”

When I’m not working, I: Play with my dogs, play with my grandkids and plan our next roadtrip.

While teaching at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Jim mentored Steven Goforth, now a professional dancer.
Look for more #TeamVPS profiles in the January 2016 issue of Inside Vancouver Public Schools and search for the hashtag on Twitter to see more examples of the great things going on in the district!