Principal’s Biography – Dr. Christopher Clarke

Christopher Clarke Portrait

Dr. Christopher Clarke is the 13th principal of Shortwood Teachers’ College.  He is the first male to be so appointed in over 100 years!

He has been associated with the College for twenty (28) years, rising from a lecturer through the ranks to become principal. Prior to this permanent appointment, he served for almost five (5) years as Acting Principal.

Dr. Clarke gained his teacher training at the Mico College, undergraduate degree at The University of the West Indies (Mona), his Masters at McGill University , Canada and his doctoral degree at the University of South Florida.  He has also done short courses at the Golda Meir Institute in Israel and the Haggai Institute in Singapore.  He has studied teacher education, early childhood education, leadership and educational administration.

He has taught in London, England and conducted research in Canada and the United States. His scholarly works  have been presented at local, regional and international conferences and appear in educational publications including peer reviewed journals. His ethnographic research on the Gender Identity of Jamaican 8 year old Boys and its impact on Social Behaviour and Academic Performance is frequently cited and has generated much discussion and many workshops. His most recent research was presented at the 60th World Assembly of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) where he examined the teacher education curricula provisions for boys’ education. In 2009 he represented Jamaica at the inaugural UNESCO Conference on Higher Education in Paris, France.

He has also served as consultant to the governments of Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica in the area of Early Childhood Education.

Dr. Clarke is an Elder at the Ensom City Gospel Chapel, along with his wife Noreen and son Jordan. He has a passion for the empowerment of young people and especially young men, many of whom have benefitted from his mentoring.  His church work also extends to youth camps for over forty years.  He has been instrumental in increasing the number of male students at his College. Dr. Clarke also serves on various educational bodies including the Teachers Services Commission, Teachers Colleges of Jamaica and the Jamaica Teachers Association.

He enjoys badminton, black biographies, Jamaican theatre and travel.

Christopher Clarke PhD