Getting to Know Science Teacher Jim Jordan '83

Jim Jordan '83 joins the science department, as a one-year leave replacement. A Bishop’s graduate, he also holds a bachelor of arts in biology and environmental science from Williams College and a master of science in biology from the University of Oregon. Since 1988, Jim has been a teacher at The Lawrenceville School, where he was honored with Lawrenceville’s Albert V. Moore Distinguished Teaching Chair.

Q: What do you love most about teaching?
A: I love spending time around young people and reliving my youth vicariously.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?  
A: Breaking a world record in masters swimming

Q: Who is your hero/mentor?
A: Graham Cole, the former head of school at Westminster and Lawrenceville

Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: I would like to travel to the Antarctic.

Q: If you could travel in time, what time period would you visit and why?  
A: I would travel to 63.5 million years ago (right before the comet and mass extinction event) to see the amazing diversity of life that we no longer see alive, including dinosaurs.

Q: If you had to sing karaoke, which song would you select?  
A: I don't sing. Really.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?  
A: I dislike self-aggrandizement and boasting.

Q: What’s the last book you read?  
A: “The Courage to Teach”

Q: Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?  
A: My seventh grade science teacher at Bishop’s, Mrs. Lindsley, had so many animals in her room. It was so cool!
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