Best future teacher award announced for TWU School of Education student

Bouncing on a large ball across the gym on the last leg of an obstacle course is no easy task on its own, but tape up the contender and pull a t-shirt over her head and it's downright daunting. Yet for student teacher Jennifer Beugelink, when you're leading your team to victory at a school pep rally, it's all in a day's work. It's that energy, commitment and pure love for her students that won Beugelink the 2006 Maxwell Cameron Award, an honour given to the most outstanding bachelor of education (B.Ed.) student at Trinity Western University.

The Award is granted annually by the British Columbia Teachers' Federation in honour of Maxwell Cameron's impact on education in British Columbia in the mid-twentieth century. The winner receives a silver pin and a cheque for $250.

“Throughout her teacher education program, Jennifer demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a contagious positive attitude,” says Harro VanBrummelen, EdD, dean and professor, TWU School of Education. “Every day she created a meaningful and engaging learning environment for her students, teaching with a sense of responsibility, superb organization, and creativity.”

Van Brummelen says Beugelink is deeply involved in extra curricular events, such as coaching volleyball and basketball at King Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford where she did her practicum. She is currently working as a TOC (teacher on call) in the Abbotsford School District and will be teaching grade two at Abbotsford Christian School this fall.

Throughout her education training at TWU, Beugelink showed leadership, particularly through her support of her peers. She was a key volunteer in an inquiry research project showing how fine arts activities prior to literacy learning can enhance students' writing. Beugelink presented her research findings at a conference for educators earlier this year.

Beugelink is one of the thirty-two 2006 graduates from Trinity Western's teacher education program, which offers undergraduate, post-degree, and graduate programs in education. Of the recent graduates, 30 have already been offered employment in their field, mostly in the Langley/Abbotsford area.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 15 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum