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 - Bible Study: Survey of Old and New Testament 1
DT 102 - Bible Study: Survey of Old and New Testament 2
DT 103 - Biblical History and Reformed Doctrine


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


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 Principal and 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.” As a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. program in Educational Studies at Brock University, Mr. Huizenga continues to explore the concept of authenticity in Christian pre-service teacher education. He has written articles and conducted seminars and presentations on topics including, “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: Teaching for Understanding; Classroom Management


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 part-time 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 in a Christian Context
DT 604 - Teaching Studies 4: Teaching Strategies; Narration as Methodology
DT 605 - Teaching Studies 5: Planning for Instruction; Differentiated Instruction


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. Vanderpol, B.A.Sc.; MEd

Biography

Mrs. Catherine Vanderpol majored in Child Studies at the University of Guelph during her undergraduate studies and continued her education at Brock University to complete her Master of Education degree. An experienced classroom teacher, she worked as a special education resource coordinator for many years and also as a vice principal and principal.

Mrs. Vanderpol recently joined CCRTC as a Sessional Instructor in Language Arts. 

Courses
DT 405 - Language Arts: Writing
EDU 405 - Language Arts: Writing


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 is a sessional instructor at CCRTC.

Courses
DT 401 - The Arts: Visual Art


E. VanMiddelkoop, BA; B.Ed; OCT

Biography

Mme Esther VanMiddelkoop majored in French and Hispanic Studies during her undergraduate studies. She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts. She returned to post-secondary education and completed her Bachelor of Education at Redeemer University College.

Mme VanMiddelkoop has taught for many years at Guido de Brès Christian High School and recently joined CCRTC as the sessional instructor in the French as a Second Language courses. 

Courses
DT 402 - French as a Second Language 1 and 2
DT 403 - French as a Second Language 2


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

Biography

Mr. Menco Wieske joined the CCRTC faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2018. The courses he teaches include Education Studies, Studies in Educational Psychology, Social Studies, 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. He completed his Masters in Leadership from the University of Guelph, and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE/University of Toronto.

Courses
DT 303 - Child Development
DT 411 - Social Studies: History and Geography
DT 601 - Teaching Studies 1: Introduction to Teaching; Academic Writing
DT 602 - Teaching Studies 2: Technology in the Classroom
DT 606 - Teaching Studies 6: Induction into the Teaching Profession
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