College’s academic success is in large part due to the commitment of its hardworking and loyal group of teachers. Among this group are the well-loved husband and wife who have been members of the Campion family for over 30 years: “Kippy” and Jean Chin.

Many think that this couple met at Campion, but Kippy and Jean have known each other since they were teenagers. They both attended the University of the West Indies at the same time: he studied Chemistry and she, Botany. After graduation, Jean took up a job at Campion [the all-boys predecessor] teaching Integrated Science to Forms 1-3, while Kippy was appointed chief chemist at the Cane Farmers Association. The two later married and when their first son, Kesang, was born, Kippy decided to enter the teaching profession with the encouragement of Campion’s Past Principal, John MacKay, in order to spend more time with his family. Kippy started off teaching Chemistry in 6th Form and, after a few years, added Advanced Math—subjects which he still teaches today. As for Jean, she has been teaching Biology to the CSEC group for a number of years among the numerous jobs she generously takes on around the school.

As proud parents of Campionites Kesang and Dave, the Chins continue to spread their parental care and attention on the two generations of Campion students whom they have taught so far. As master veteran teachers, they are able to convince their students that the topics are not intimidating but conquerable, and so, have left indelible imprints on these young minds. The Chins have dedicated their lives to teaching and helping so many students—including some of Jamaica’s top doctors,engineers and scientists—achieve their dreams.

As any Campionite who has had the honour of being taught by the Chins will tell you, the most difficult thing about this amazing couple is trying to keep up with them,especially Jean. However, we did tie them down for just a few minutes to answer some questions which we thought Campionites would want to know after all these years!

  • How do you get the students to understand the many hard concepts you teach?
    I recognize that what I am teaching is difficult. It was difficult for me at school. So I try to break it down and bring it to their level.–Kippy Chin

  • How do you make it so much fun? What are your tricks?

    • “No tricks! I’m really an actor and in the classroom I have an instant audience. I like teaching. I use examples from everyday life and experiments.”
    • “The children that come here are very bright. I never did a course in magic so have no tricks – what you see, is what you get.”
    –Kippy & Jean Chin

  • What are some of your fondest memories at Campion?
    There was usually some scientific activity going on in the Junior
    Science Lab after school [in the early days of Campion Hall] as the fellows wanted to
    build transformers and have balloon races on strings across the lab or fix up the “greenhouse” that was set up at the back of the lab. They’d also want to dissect lizards and any
    other poor stray animal that they could catch. I learned a lot from them—some of them
    were very, very bright! My students continue to add to my education.–Jean Chin

  • Have you ever had a scary moment in the lab?

    • “Back in the 80s the lab caught on fire. No students were in there
      but I went in to try and out it and got some burns. The Fire Brigade came and everything
      was okay.”
    • “An interesting event that I remember was the time a frog, being dissected
      during an A-Level Practical Exam, pulled itself from the pan and attempted to jump
      away. It had already been cut mid-section and the skin pinned out. The student, a doctor
      today, nearly freaked out. I found it hilarious.”
    • –Kippy & Jean Chin

  • You have both had excellent results with your students. Do any of them
    stand out?

    • “Yes, the school has always been strong in science. They are so
      many good students but if I had to pick one I would say David Sangster (Class of 1980)
      who went to MIT and now works in Silicon Valley. He was not a bookworm, used to romp
      all about the place, play football and everything but was naturally bright and always top
      of the class.”
    • “Ian Gooding (Class of 1981) is the boy that comes to mind as I love art and
      he was so artistically gifted (and courteous and fun). He was into Star Wars and I still
      remember the Yoda-like puppets he made for his A-Level Exams. He has the credits on
      some of the Disney-animated films and I always look for his name when I go to see
      movies of that genre. On the female side, Kathryn Stewart [Current 6th Form Supervisor
      and Class of 1985] towers as she has done—and continues to do—so much for her
      alma mater. In my opinion, too few Campionites give back, or are heard of until it’s time
      for their children to enter high school. Big up Katie!”
    • –Kippy & Jean Chin

  • What does it feel like to teach generations of students and their children?

    • “It makes me feel old!”
    • “When I find out, I’ll be sure to tell you. I don’t think about things like that. I just try to do everything I have to do, count my blessings, give thanks and enjoy myself
      each day.”
    –Kippy & Jean Chin

  • Mrs. Chin, what other areas are you involved with at Campion?

    I used to be in charge of the Houses—I initiated the Radley Reid
    Road Race, the Culinary Competition and also a Scrabble competition so Houses could
    have more interaction. While serving as moderator of the Lifesavers Health Team, I
    decided it would be fun to stage a Benefit Concert each year and invite parents, alumni
    and present students to participate and so we use to have Lifesaver’s Concert. Today, I
    try to be a good Grade Supervisor and advise the Science Club when necessary and I
    just do anything that I get asked to do—if I want to do it and have time to do it well.
    –Jean Chin

  • What was it like having your spouse and children here at Campion with

    • “I taught both of our sons Chemistry and Math. They loved it
      because of how I am with them.”
    • “Well, I only saw the boys if I happened to be teaching them or after school when they came to the prep-room I use as my “office” to do their homework. Kippy came to teach 6th Form, so our paths diverged after leaving the car when we arrived at school and only crossed when we were in the car on the way home. There was/is one big bonus with having him here – if I want a solution made up, or need a second opinion on some experiment I wanted to try I could call on him.”
    • –Kippy & Jean Chin

  • What would some of your current students not know about you?

    • “I used to coach the Manning Cup team here and down at St.George’s [my old high school].”
    • “That I’m really here collecting samples to take back home.”
    • –Kippy & Jean Chin

  • Now Mr. Chin, everyone wants to know: Why is your nickname “Kippy”?
    That is a long story. It is my “stage name”. My real name is Kesang
    like my father and my son. My father’s best friend’s name was Kippy and he asked my
    father to call me that as a nickname to remember him. I met him a few years ago. I
    thought there were only two Kippys in the world but we saw on National Geographic that
    there was a boy in Africa named Kippy and perhaps there are more.–Kippy Chin

  • We also know you follow horseracing, how come?
    I grew up with it through my uncles and so on. I am not a realgambler, I don’t bet much money. I usually break even. But I like to use my math on it—look at the times, use time rating, but it doesn’t always work because, you know, it is
    Jamaica and so there are other factors. And, as a mathematician, you know about the odds.–Kippy Chin

  • Finally, what dreams do both of you have for Campion?

    • “I hope we continue to be strong in science, to do well.”
    • “If I can be said to have dreams for Campion, it would be that, like every other school in Jamaica, it produces graduates that are honest, hard-working, sensitive to the needs of others, protective of the environment, willing to show others how to help themselves, and generous—to each other and to their alma mater.”
    • –Kippy & Jean Chin