Jordan Tinney

Superintendent of Schools/CEO
School District No. 36 (Surrey)

Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Schools/CEO of Surrey School District, joined Surrey Schools as Deputy Superintendent in August 2012. Prior to that, Jordan was Deputy Superintendent in Vancouver School District and Superintendent/CEO in Comox Valley School District on Vancouver Island.

Jordan began his career in private industry where he was an Electronics Engineering Technologist. He worked for seven years in the oceanography industry, moving to a position of manager where he focused on environmental instrumentation, specifically oceanic, and atmospheric measurement and calibration. This work included significant travel in Canada, the United States, and Asia.

As his family has always been steeped in education, Jordan decided to return to his family’s roots. After completing a Bachelor’s of Education he worked in a newly-designed middle school in Saanich that became a national leader in the uses of technology in education. Sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the University of British Columbia, Jordan’s early teaching work was focused on helping students use technology to support ethnographic research on environmental issues surrounding Clayoquot Sound.

After teaching for a few years, Jordan became Vice-Principal at a Saanich secondary school where he also taught math, his instructional passion. From there, he moved to Principal and then Assistant Superintendent in Saanich, after which he was persuaded to move to Comox Valley as Superintendent/CEO. In 2010, Jordan joined the Vancouver School Board as Deputy Superintendent where he worked with the staff, trustees and community to review all aspects of the VSB’s organization and future. In 2012, Jordan was invited to join the Surrey School District. As the largest district in BC and one of the largest in Canada, Jordan is responsible for leading the district towards future growth and opportunities.

Jordan has retained his passion for technology and learning throughout his career. His Master’s thesis looked at the effectiveness of system change in the implementation of technology, and his doctoral studies considered the lives of at-risk youth who spend extraordinary amounts of time in virtual communities and those youth’s concept of “self” in virtual worlds.

Jordan and his spouse Lori live in South Surrey where their son happily attends the local elementary school. Jordan frequently speaks on social media, technology and learning and retains an active life online through his blog.