John Sneep (Biology / Careers)

Profile Updated: July 15, 2009
John Sneep (Biology / Careers)
Residing In: Edmonton, AB Canada
Spouse/Partner: Eileen
Children: Dan, born 1970; Carla, born 1971; Jeff, born 1974. Dan, a biologist with the Dep't. of Fisheries and More…Oceans in Vancouver, is married to Lourette, a landscape architect who hails from South Africa. Carla is a full time mother of five, living in Sherwood Park, and married to Mark Snaterse, an ECHS grad, a pharmacist and recently appointed head of Mental Health Services with Alberta Wellness and Health. Jeff is also a fish biologist but works on contract with BC Hydro mostly on the Bridge River, and he lives with Roslyn, his spouse, and their three daughters in Lillooet BC.
Occupation: Clinical psychologist and professor, just retired
John Sneep (Biology / Careers)


Yes! Attending Reunion

4 boys and 4 girls. Carla and Mark have four boys and a girl, ranging in age from 4 to 14. Jeff and Roslyn's three girls range from 7 months to 6 yrs.

Attending Church:

Covenant CRC

School Story:

I came to ECHS in Sept. 1971 from a public high school in Chatham Ontario to take Corry Vander Zee's position as biology and chemistry teacher. I had already discovered the joy of teaching but I wasn't used to teaching so many students with Dutch last names. Some of my fonder memories about teaching biology are dissecting fetal pigs in Grade 12, recording a "double-pithed" frog's heart beats on an old kymograph that I had brought with me from Ontario, teaching about evolution very, very carefully so as not to offend too many parents and school board members, and the biology field trips, first to Carrot Creek, and then to Jasper. I also recall fondly my invention of a course in photography, especially the dark room work in the men's staff washroom, and teaching gymnastics to a Grade 10 gym class, scared stiff that some student would end up with a broken neck.
After teaching for a few years, I was promoted to one of the three unique administrative positions at ECHS, Director of Student Services (sometimes shortened to Director of Stud. Services). That position put me in charge of student discipline as well as student counselling. As I knew nothing about either, I decided to take a few evening and summer courses in counselling and guidance at the U of A. That got me particularly interested in counselling (I never liked the discipline part of my job) and I subsequently completed a Master's degree and then a Ph.D. in counselling psychology at the U of A.

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