About

Faculty


D.G.J. Agema, M. Div

Biography

Rev. Douwe Agema was born in the Netherlands; it was there that he began his ministerial studies at the theological seminary of Reformed churches in Kampen. He completed his studies at the Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches in Hamilton, Ontario. He has served as minister in several congregations in Canada and is currently the pastor of Living Word Canadian Reformed Church of Guelph. At CCRTC he is an adjunct faculty member teaching several courses related to Old and New Testament studies, church doctrine, and the Bible curriculum offered in Reformed Christian schools.

 

Courses
DT 101 - Survey of Old and New Testament 1
DT 102 - Survey of Old and New Testament 2
DT 103 - Reformed Doctrine: Survey of Reformed and Presbyterian Confessions


T. Boisvert, BA

Biography

Mme Teresa Boisvert majored in French during her undergraduate studies. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts. She returned to post-secondary education and completed many additional education-related courses at Brock University. At Redeemer University College she continued her learning with courses in French Literature and Philosophy of Education and Curriculum.

Mme Boisvert has taught at the high school level for many years at Emmanuel Christian High School, Eben-Ezer Christian School, and most recently at Guido de Brès Christian High School. She has been teaching at the CCRTC for over ten years and has played a fundamental role in developing the French program for pre-service teachers.

Courses
DT 402 - French as a Second Language I
DT 403 - French as a Second Language II


B. Faber, BA (Hons); D.Phil.

Biography

Dr. Ben Faber received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at McMaster University with a major in English. He obtained his doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford with a thesis on 17th-century satire. He currently teaches English literature at Redeemer University College. His publications include essays on William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and on the 17th-century poets George Herbert and Andrew Marvell. During his tenure as Director of Teaching and Learning at Redeemer University College, Ben presented faculty workshops on pedagogy and he oversaw the introduction of a new core curriculum. As an adjunct faculty member at CCRTC, Ben teaches courses in the “Academic and Professional Studies” area of study.

 

Courses
DT 503 - Perspectives on Literature


A. Gunnink, BA; M.Ed. Administration: Practicum Placement Coordinator; Practicum Guidelines (RETIRED)

Biography

Mr. Allard Gunnink is a lecturer and practicum coordinator at the college. He was born in the Netherlands and graduated from the Albertus Zijlstra Teachers College in Groningen. He was teacher and principal in a number of schools in Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba before accepting a position as lecturer at the Teachers College. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo with a major in Psychology and he completed his Master of Education degree at the University of Manitoba with an exit paper on School Inspection and Independent Schools.

He has presented to teachers and students across Canada and the United States on a variety of topics. Included in the 40+ presentation topics are “Modelling, Memory, Motivation”, “Assessing Attitudes to Aboriginals: Reality and Regret”, and “Differentiated Instruction”.

Courses
DT 301 - Learning Theories
DT 302 - Assessment
DT 303 - Child Development
DT 411 - Social Studies/History and Geography
DT 507 - Foundations of Reformed Ethics and Ethical Standards of Practice
DT 601 - Teaching Studies 1
DT 606 - Teaching Studies 6: Induction


J. Huizenga, B.Sc.; B.Ed.; M.Ed.; PhD (Candidate); OCT; OSAP Liaison

Biography

Mr. Jack Huizenga has been a lecturer at the CCRTC since 2015. He joined the full time faculty after serving as Vice Principaland teaching high school science at Heritage Christian School in Jordan Station, ON. Mr. Huizenga completed a Master of Education with a culminating project entitled, “Christian education and the ethics of authenticity.”  He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Educational Studies. Mr. Huizenga has continued to explore the concept of authenticity in Christian education through articles and presentations.  Some of the topics include:  “Authenticity for Christian school leaders”, “Authentic Christian learning”, “Enjoying Mathematics: Teaching math in an authentically Christian way”, as well as “Assessment for learning.”

Courses
DT 204 - History of Education
DT 205 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
DT 302 - Assessment
DT 407 - Mathematics
DT 410 - Science and Technology
DT 603 - Teaching Studies 3


J. Kingma, BA (Hons); M.Ed.; OCT; Goverance and Handbook Committee

Biography

 Miss Judy Kingma received her Ontario Teaching Certificate at the St. Catharines Teachers College. She attained her Bachelor of Art (Honours) from McMaster University and completed her formal education at Brock University with a Master of Education. She has served as the principal at Timothy Christian School in Hamilton and at John Calvin School in Smithville. Her excellent teaching skills and specialization in language arts and passion for children’s literature benefit all students. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at CCRTC.

 

Courses
DT 404 - Language Arts - Reading
DT 504 - Survey of Children’s Literature


K. Sikkema, Dutch Teaching Certificate; BA; M.Ed. Administration: Registrar (Admissions)

Biography

Mr. Sikkema was born in the Netherlands, where he obtained his Teaching Certificate at the Reformed Pedagogische Academie Albertus Zijlstra. After emigrating to Canada, he earned a BA in Geography and Management, and later an M.Ed, at Brock University. His Master’s thesis explored resolving community conflict. He taught grades 1-12, including over 20 years in grade 7-8.

Mr. Sikkema has an interest in church history, geography, science and scripture, first nations, and curriculum. He has published in Compass Magazine and Clarion, and hosted workshops and presentations for teachers and others on a range of topics. As a fulltime lecturer, his focus is on curriculum and church history. He also serves as Registrar-Admissions, Recruitment Officer, and Safety Protocol Coordinator.

Courses
DT 105 - Church History 2 - From Renaissance to Revolution
DT 106 - Church History 3 - From Revolution to the Present Including Developments in North America
DT 201 - Foundations of Reformed Education
DT 202 - Foundations of Curriculum
DT 604 - Teaching Studies 4
DT 605 - Teaching Studies 5


S. Sikma, BA (Hons); MA

Biography

Mrs. Stephanie Sikma is a sessional instructor in English literature at CCRTC. She studied at McMaster University where she first pursued a combined honours degree in English and Fine Arts, and then completed a Master of Arts degree in English. In addition she obtained the Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Advanced Illustration, and continues to exhibit her work as a freelance artist. Mrs. Sikma began her teaching career at a private high school in Toronto, and currently is a supply teacher at Guido de Brès Christian High School in Hamilton.

Courses
DT 501 - Anglo-Saxon to Neo-Classical (AD 1000-1800)
DT 502 - Romantic to Postmodern (AD 1800-2000)


C. Van Halen-Faber, BA; M.Ed.; PhD Principal; Dean of Students; Accreditation Coordinator

Biography

Dr. Christine van Halen-Faber is the principal of Covenant Canadian Reformed Teachers College and has held this position for over 15 years. Prior to this she taught in Reformed Christian elementary schools, where she also served as principal. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from McMaster University, and then obtained the Diploma of Studies in Reformed Education. Dr. van Halen-Faber continued her studies and received a Master of Education degree from Brock University, followed by a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, Seeing Through Apples, was awarded the Canadian Association for Teacher Education 2004 Dissertation Award.

She is invited regularly to speak at school society meetings on a variety of topics, to deliver keynote addresses at national and international conferences, and to present workshops and seminars for teachers.

Courses
DT 201 - Foundations of Reformed Education
DT 203 - Introduction to Educational Research
DT 304 - Special Education
DT 408 - The Arts - Music


C. VanEerden, B.Ed; B.A

Biography

Ms. Cobie VanEerden attained a Bachelor of Education degree from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and followed this up with an Art and Art History Degree at the University of Toronto. Since then she has obtained the Honours Art Specialist Certificate. As an artist, she has exhibited her work in juried shows in locations varying from Sarnia to Montreal. She currently teaches art at Guido de Brès Christian High school and also is a sessional instructor at CCRTC.

Courses
DT 401 - The Arts - Visual Art


M. Wieske, Dip. Ed.; MA Administration: Practicum Placement Coordinator; Practicum Guidelines

Biography

Mr. Menco Wieske is the newest member on CCRTC’s faculty. The courses he will be teaching include Education Studies, Studies in Educational Psychology, and Foundations of Reformed Ethics and Standards of Practice.

After he moved to Canada from The Netherlands, he obtained the Diploma of Education at CCRTC. Menco has taught in two Ontario Canadian Reformed Christian elementary schools, leading one of them as principal. Recently he completed his Masters in Leadership from the University of Guelph, and is planning to pursue further studies.

Courses
DT 303 - Child Development
DT 411 - Social Studies/History and Geography
DT 601 - Teaching Studies 1
DT 602 - Teaching Studies 2
DT 606 - Teaching Studies 6: Induction
EDU 507 - Foundations of Reformed Ethics and Standards of Practice


T. Wildeboer, B.Sc. (Kin); B.Ed.; OCT

Biography

Mr. Tim Wildeboer is a sessional instructor at CCRTC and is responsible for teaching Health and Physical Education. After completing his studies at Western University where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, he completed his Bachelor of Education at Brock University, and obtained the additional qualification certificate in health and physical education.  He currently holds the position of Athletic Director at Guido de Brès Christian High School, and participates regularly in men’s league hockey, triathlons, and road races.

Courses
DT 409 - Physical Education and Health