Company: Shasta College
Location: Bella Vista, California, United States
James F. Keating Jr., Instructor at Shasta College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in athletics.
An educator and coach for over 40 years, Mr. Keating has dedicated his career to empowering students to change their paths and recognize their potential for success. Initially driven by a desire to make his parents proud by pursuing higher education, neither of whom had the chance to attend college, Mr. Keating started coursework at Montgomery Community College with the goal of entering law enforcement. There, he met mentor Joe Morrissey, who helped him set his sights higher and secure a scholarship to Jamestown College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1979. He began his teaching career at an area high school the same year, leaving in 1982 to continue his education at the University of North Dakota. While working toward a Master of Arts in health, physical education and recreation, Mr. Keating served as a graduate assistant and coach to the University of North Dakota basketball team.
After completing his degree in 1986, Mr. Keating accepted a position at Shasta College, where he continues to teach, specializing in weight training, basketball, and substance abuse awareness, and is known for building strong student relationships. Between 1987 and 1997, Mr. Keating was the school’s primary basketball coach, and he has been involved with the TRIO Upward Bound Program and Shasta College’s Adaptive Physical Education programs for much of his career, becoming the first instructor in college history to run an off-campus camp for students with disabilities. During his time at Shasta College, Mr. Keating has taught 32 students who went on to earn full scholarships to Division I or Division II universities, led the basketball team to win state conference championships three times, and been named Coach of the Year four times. Mr. Keating sits on the Shasta College Scholastic Standards Equity and Equality Committee and has been recognized for his dedication to the school’s students and faculty with six Student Senate Faculty Appreciation Awards. He was awarded an additional Associate of Arts in general studies by Shasta College in 2010 and is active in the California Teachers Association and Phi Theta Kappa. When not working, Mr. Keating enjoys time spent with his wife of 42 years, Carol.
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