We are excited to welcome new Head, Scott Herrington home to Bowen Island where he’ll take on leading our independent middle school over the summer. In this Q&A we meet the man behind the resume!
Q – What inspired you to apply at IPS and move to a small island in the Salish Sea?
SH – Having taught overseas for the past 24 years, I have often wondered what opportunities or circumstances would bring me and my family back to Canada. A little over a year ago our friends, Lawrence and Tiffanee Sparling, shared the IPS Head of School job description and it was love at first sight! Every single feature and descriptor were incredibly appealing but ultimately it was the core mission and values enshrined at IPS that prompted me to go for it. These, coupled with IPS’s location on Bowen Island and proximity to such incredible beauty and grandeur of British Columbia were compelling. The fact that IPS’s chosen sport is Ultimate, cannot be denied as a factor as well.
Q -You have been an educator for over 20 years. What ideas about education today keep you awake at night – either because you are worried or excited?
SH – As an experiential learning advocate and enthusiast I am concerned that many children today do not spend enough time in nature. I have always appreciated the arguments that Richard Louv presents in his captivating book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Commitment to experiential learning and outdoor pursuits are two of the many characteristics that make IPS so special and appealing to me.
Q -We know that you are talented, but what’s the most interesting thing about you that doesn’t show up on your resume?
SH – During my high school and university days my father operated a small restaurant/delicatessen called “Mel’s Famous Sandwiches and Cheesecakes” in downtown Calgary. As a result I am an expert counterman and can prepare some fine Montreal Smoked meat sandwiches and a wide range of decadent cheesecakes!
Q – You are a busy parent of three teens. What are three words your kids would use to describe you?
SH – Supportive, adventurous, kind
Q – What will you miss most about living in the middle east?
SH – The middle east is so rich in culture, history and incredible beauty so I will miss many things including travel opportunities, Arab hospitality and our friends. Having lived in the desert for so long I am sure to miss the warm sun and clear days once the cold rainy winter descends on Bowen.
Q – What is your favourite souvenir from your time away from Canada?
SH – The many hundreds of memories!
Q – You are a keen explorer. Do you have a Canadian outdoor adventure goal for the 150th anniversary?
SH – My family and I plan to drive from Bowen to Calgary this summer and I’m sure we’ll be able to enjoy some 150th festivities along the way. In the near future I very much look forward to hiking the West Coast Trail and hope to soon visit Newfoundland as this is the only province I have yet to explore.
Q -We love your commitment to Ultimate! What is your all-time best Ultimate moment?
SH -Ultimate has certainly has been a big part of my life over the past 24 years and I would say my best moment would be back in 2006 when I founded the Dubai Ultimate Charity Event. This event has raised money to support American School of Dubai service learning and it’s Middle School Week Without Walls programs. It continues today and its proceeds have helped many hundreds of needy individuals, communities and organizations and is the premier Ultimate tournament in the middle east.
Q -What book are you reading for fun this summer?
SH – Out of the Desert: My Journey From Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil by Ali Al-Naimi. Al-Naimi is the Chairman of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), my former employer, and he recently spoke at KAUST about his journey from bedouin (nomadic) life. He is a very kind and articulate man that helped the late King Abdullah achieve his vision that “The University shall be a beacon for peace, hope, and reconciliation and shall serve the people of the Kingdom and benefit all the peoples of the world.”
Q – What will you be rocking out to whilst moving into your new office? What’s on your current favourite playlist?
- Bon Jovi
- Walk the Moon
- Chainsmokers and Coldplay
- Ed Sheeran
- Harry Styles
- Imagine Dragons
- Justin Bieber…and whatever my children share on our Apple Music account!