About

Faculty


D.G.J. Agema, M. Div Adjunct Lecturer

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
EDU 101 - Bible Study: Survey of Old and New Testament 1
EDU 102 - Bible Study: Survey of Old and New Testament 2


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

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, Dr. Faber 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 “Culture, Ethics, and Worldview Studies” area of study.

 

Courses
DT 501 - Anglo-Saxon to Neo-Classical
DT 502 - Romantic to Postmodern
DT 503 - Perspectives on Literature
EDU 503 - Perspectives on Literature


J. Huizenga, B.Sc.; B.Ed.; M.Ed.; PhD; OCT Lecturer; Course and Program Coordinator

Biography

Dr. 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. Dr. Huizenga completed a Master of Education with a culminating project entitled, Christian education and the ethics of authenticity. He continued his studies in the PhD program in Educational Studies at Brock University and successfully defended his dissertation entitled Looking in the Mirror of Authenticity: A Self-Study of Teacher Education Practice. Dr. 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 301 - Learning Theories
DT 302 - Assessment
DT 407 - Mathematics
DT 410 - Science and Technology
DT 603 - Teaching Studies 3: Teaching for Understanding; Classroom Management
EDU 204 - History of Education
EDU 205 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
EDU 305 - Learning Theories and Assessment
EDU 407 - Mathematics
EDU 410 - Science and Technology
EDU 900 - Independent Study Courses


K. Sikkema, Dutch Teaching Certificate; BA; M.Ed. Part-time Lecturer; Registrar-Admissions

Biography

Keith Sikkema was born in the Netherlands, where he obtained his Teaching Certificate at the Gereformeerde Pedagogische Academie Albertus Zijlstra in Groningen. After emigrating to Canada, he earned a BA in Geography and Management at Brock University in St. Catharines, followed by an M.Ed., also at Brock University. His Master’s thesis explores resolving community conflict around home schooling. He taught in four countries and in all grades, including 24 years at the intermediate level while serving 15 years in administrative roles.

Keith Sikkema has an interest in church history, geography, Indigenous communities, and curriculum theory and development. He has published in Compass Magazine and Clarion, and hosted courses, workshops, and presentations for practising teachers and others on topics of interest. He served on several curriculum development projects. 

As a semi-retired part-time lecturer, his current teaching focus is on curriculum theory and practice, church history, and narration. He continues to serve as Recruitment Officer and Registrar-Admissions.

Courses
DT 104 - Church History 1: From Pentecost to the Renaissance
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 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
EDU 104 - Church History 1: From Pentecost to Renaissance
EDU 105 - Church History 2: From Renaissance to Revolution
EDU 106 - Church History 3: From Revolution to the Present Including Developments in North America
EDU 107 - Church History 4: From Pentecost to the 19th Century
EDU 202 - Foundations of Curriculum in a Christian Context
EDU 900 - Independent Study Courses


C. van Halen-Faber, BA; M.Ed.; PhD Principal/CEO; Lecturer; Registrat-Transcripts; Dean of Students; Accreditation Coordinator

Biography

Dr. Christine van Halen-Faber is the Principal/CEO 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 303 - Child Development
DT 304 - Special Education
DT 408 - The Arts - Music
DT 504 - Survey of Children’s Literature
EDU 201 - Foundations of Reformed Education
EDU 203 - Introduction to Educational Research
EDU 303 - Child Development
EDU 504 - Survey of Children’s Literature


C. Vanderpol, B.A.Sc.; M.Ed. Sessional Lecturer

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 joined CCRTC as a Sessional Instructor in the Language Arts. 

Courses
DT 404 - Language Arts: Reading
DT 405 - Language Arts: Writing
EDU 404 - Language Arts: Reading
EDU 405 - Language Arts: Writing


C. VanEerden, B.Ed.; BA; OCT Sessional Lecturer

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. Having taught Grade 9-12 Visual Arts at the Guido de Brès Christian High School in Hamilton ON, she currently is a sessional instructor at CCRTC.

Courses
DT 401 - The Arts: Visual Art
EDU 413 - The Arts: Music and Visual Arts


E. VanMiddelkoop, BA; B.Ed; OCT Sessional Lecturer

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 joined CCRTC as the sessional instructor in the French as a Second Language courses. 

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


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

Biography

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. He facilitates the field experience component of the programs by coordinating the practicum placements.

After he moved to Canada from The Netherlands, he obtained the Diploma of Education at CCRTC. Menco Wieske 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 completing a doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE/University of Toronto.

Courses
DT 206 - Schooling, Government, and Society
DT 411 - Social Studies: History and Geography
DT 507 - Foundations of Reformed Ethics and Ethical Standards of Practice
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 206 - Schooling, Government, and Society
EDU 411 - Social Studies: History and Geography
EDU 507 - Foundations of Reformed Ethics and Standards of Practice
EDU 608 - Teaching Studies 2: Technology in the Classroom
EDU 610 - Teaching Studies 4: Induction into the Teaching Profession
EDU 900 - Independent Study Courses


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

Biography

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 is completing a Masters of Education degree at the University of Alberta with a focus on Health & Physical Education curriculum and pedagogy. Currently he 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
EDU 409 - Physical Education and Health