Jim Hebden’s name is well known among Chemistry teachers in British Columbia. He retired from Kamloops Secondary School in June of 2003 after teaching Chemistry at the school for 28 years. His first books, Chemistry: Theory and Problems, Book 1 and 2 were published in 1980.
Later in his career, he would write the text for the ministry Small Schools Project for Chemistry 12. When after a few years, the Ministry changed direction, Jim rewrote the works and in 1997 published the first of two books, Hebden: Chemistry 12, A Workbook For Students, followed the next year by Hebden: Chemistry 11, A Workbook For Students. These two books are currently used in a large proportion of high schools schools in B.C.
In 2000, the B.C. Science Teachers’ Association awarded Jim Hebden with the Science Teacher of the Year for 2000 Award and then in 2004 he was bestowed the B.C.Sc.T.A. Distinguished Service Award.
At the end of his teaching career, Jim put together many of his resources and provided them to the B.C.Sc.T.A to be provided freely to science teachers.