Seminars on Science
Jean Godin


Jean hangs out in his observatory with his granddaughter. ©AMNH

In 2000 my wife and I retired from Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific, a United World College, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. At the college I was an International Baccalaureate (IB) Physics teacher, a post I held for 27 years. Prior to that, I taught at The United World College of the Atlantic in Wales UK. These two colleges are international schools, so I was able to work with students from various backgrounds as well as with faculty from all around the world. Along with these duties, I was also an assistant examiner for the IB and a Teacher Training Workshop leader for IB North America (IBNA).

Since my retirement from active teaching, I have kept my ties with the IB, remaining an assistant examiner and a principal examiner. I have also continued as workshop leader and been a member of the Professional Development Standing Committee for IBNA. Another activity I have been involved in is exam paper question setting for IBO. In 2006, IBNA invited me to take the AMNH course "Space, Time and Motion" to see if the different AMNH courses could be adapted to the IB specific needs. Indeed the opportunities are there!

We’ve recently moved from the rain forest of British Columbia’s west coast to a semi-arid area of the BC interior, the Okanagan, a region of vineyards and orchards. We live on the side of a mountain, overlooking a lake and a little town below. As an amateur astronomer, I enjoy the dry air and the many clear nights. I have a small observatory (with a dome) on our property, where I spend many nights of good observing. I also enjoy landscaping and gardening on our ten-acre property. Being quite high above the valley floor, we have ever changing skies and beautiful vistas of rolling clouds and brilliant sunrises and sunsets.

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