AlumniED Newsletter - Fall 2008 Convocation Issue

photo of Dr. Harry JanzenDean's Message from Dr. Harry Janzen

Greetings and welcome to the Fall 2008 Convocation issue of our Alumni ED Newsletter.

It has been another busy semester here at VIU with the start up of our new Masters of Education (Educational Leadership) and the new Post-Baccalaureate program with a secondary focus.

As well, faculty continue to be involved in field-based practice as they work with our students on practica in the schools. Nanaimo School District #68 recently featured an article on our partnerships with our colleagues in the field. This term the program has 349 students placed in 95 schools locally and throughout the province.

We are proud of our program graduates, many of whom become sponsor teachers themselves and continue to share their passion for teaching and learning.

Dr. Harry Janzen, Dean, Faculty of Education

Fall Convocation 2008

Convocation is always an exciting event here at VIU and our recent graduation celebration was no exception. This semester at total of 101 Education students graduated with their Bachelor of Education degrees from both our Concurrent (46) and Post-Baccalaureate (55)programs.

We wish our new graduates much success as they enter the teaching profession.

Our Feature Graduate: Joy Tretick

left to right - Heather Pastro, Joy Tretick, Sharon Richards

left to right - Heather Pastro, VIU Faculty of Education Professor of Art Education and executive member of the BCATA, Joy Tretick, Teacher, Brechin Elementary School and Sharon Richards, President of the BCATA.

Joy Tretick, graduated from the Education program at VIU in 2004,and now teaches at Brechin Elementary in Nanaimo. We are delighted to congratulate her for receiving the 2008 British Columbia Art Teacher's Association Award for Excellence in Art Teaching at the Primary Level. This award was presented at the annual BCATA conference, "The Artful Eye", on SaltSpring Island at the provincial Professional Development Day, Oct. 24th, 2008.

Heather Pastro, VIU Faculty of Education Professor of Art Education and executive member of the BCATA notes " I am really proud of Joy's accomplishments and feel she was very deserving of this honour." Heather and Joy have worked collaboratively on several art projects including a ceramic mural installation on permanent display at McGirr Elementary.

Education Grad Wins District Award for Best Beginning Teacher

A Grade 3 teacher at Derek Taylor School in Grande Prairie Alberta, Jennifer Koganow is the recipient of the Edwin Parr Award recognizing outstanding first-year teachers in the province of Alberta. Jennifer accepted the prestigious award at an Alberta School Boards Association Zone 1 meeting in Peace River in October. Along with the other zone winners in the province, she was recognized provincially at the association’s general meeting in November in Edmonton.

“I feel honoured just to be a nominee for the award,” said Koganow, who graduated from Vancouver Island University in December 2006.

“And winning it was just an amazing experience. I feel it makes me want to really work as hard as I can this year and put in the effort because you are recognized. It makes you want to continue to work hard.”

The 26-year-old moved to Grande Prairie from Nanaimo, B.C., 18 months ago. She began her career at Grande Prairie’s newest school, where principal Sandy McDonald said she lit up the classrooms with her teaching style and enthusiasm.

“Jennifer is an outstanding new teacher,” he said. “We nominated her on the basis of the excellent work we saw her doing in the classroom in our school.”

Excerpted from The Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

Recent Hirings

Well over 1300 students have graduated from the Faculty of Education since our inception in 1989. If you are one of them please contact us to update your employment status and be added to our growing list of graduates teaching in schools locally, nationally and internationally.

Please visit our Recent Hirings page and update your contact Information via VIU's Alumni Relations department.

Quotes from Our Graduates...

"The instructors and professionals in the Faculty of Education clearly possess a profound knowledge of the skills that are necessary to become a successful teacher.The training that I received at Malaspina (now Vancouver Island University) prepared me with the teaching foundations that I use in my class everyday."

Sean Padley, Grad 2006
Masters of Education- Organizational Studies (Administration) student, University of Ottawa

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