Teachers Convention History DocumenInspirED is the rebranding of our historical CTABC/NWCSI Teachers Convention.  InspirED was launched for the 2016 Convention.  It is our hope that this new name will capture the 40+ years of our rich history. 

Prior to our regular joint teachers convention – CTABC/NWCSI – teachers conventions were being held among the Washington schools beginning in 1945. The chart below is as accurate as our current records permit. We would appreciate any additions or corrections. Please send them to elaine.brouwer@gmail.com

Following are remembrances from an early convention attendee:

Don Kok (retired Superintendent from Lynden Christian School) contacted Bernie Koops who was an administrator at LC in the 40’s and early 50’s. He is almost 100 years old, and his memory is absolutely amazing – as you can see below:

Regarding teachers/ conferences as best I remember:

Early in my time in Lynden as administrator (before WWII) we attended public school meetings in Bellingham.  We found these to be a waste of time.  At these sessions there were often discussions of money, such as teachers’ salaries, and sometimes of legislation regarding school funding.  After the war we arranged with National Union of Christian Schools (NUCS), the predecessor of Christian Schools International, and Calvin College for speakers to come for two-day teachers/conferences.  These “wise men from the east,” were usually professors from Calvin.  Sometimes they gave a public lecture in the evening.

Speakers I remember were Dr. John DeBeer from Calvin’s Education Department, Drs. Van Bruggen, Wolthuis, and Meeter.  Mark Fakkema of NUCS also came and spoke.  Speakers addressed topics from their particular fields, Wolthuis on science, Meeter on Bible, Van Bruggen and DeBeer on education.

These gatherings were called Christian School Teachers Conference of the Pacific Northwest.  The location was usually Lynden, but I remember driving Dr. DeBeer to Sunnyside and another time going to Everett.  Member schools were Lynden Christian, Ebenezer, Everett, and Sunnyside.  I believe these teacher conferences were still being held when I left Lynden in 1955.

Usually a picture of the entire group was taken, and sometimes we had a banquet.  I remember particularly remember the banquet in Sunnyside where the tables were loaded with the hugest imaginable bunches of grapes and the largest apples I have ever seen.  I suppose lodging, in homes, in Sunnyside may have been a problem.  But I recall that many of our teachers lodged with acquaintances and had a very good time.

Yours truly, 

Bernie Koops

The following is a chart outlining the past years of convention, featuring the location and Keynote Speakers for each year.

DATE LOCATION KEYNOTE & NOTES
1945   First Teachers’ Convention  
1960

Oct 13-14

 

Seattle Dr. Wm Jellema

15th Annual Christian Teachers’ Association of the Pacific Northwest Convention

 
1961

Oct 19-20

Lynden Dr. M Snapper

 

 
1962 Unknown No documentation of this convention  
1963

Oct 17-18

 

Bellevue Dr. Evan Runner

Joint conference of Northwest Fellowship of Christian Schools & National Union of Christian Schools

 
1964

Oct 22-23

Warm Beach/Everett Dr. Calvin Seerveld  
1965

Oct 21-22

Sunnyside Dr. Lester De Koster

 

 
1966

Oct 20-21

Seattle Dr. A. Bandstra & Dr. B Ten Broek

 

 
1967

Oct 19-20

Lynden Dr. Wolterstorff & Dr. Hoekstra  
1968

Oct 17-18

Seattle Dr. Vrieze  
1969

Oct 16-17

Lynden N. DeJong & Dr. DeGraff

 

 
1970

 

Unknown No documentation for this convention  
1971

April 1-2

Lynden Dr. Adams & Dr. L. De Koster

 

 
1972

Oct 19-20

Mount Vernon Dr. A. DeGraaf

 

 
1972

Mar 9-10

New Westminster Dr. J. VanderStelt  
1973

Oct 18-19

Lynden Rev. Ron Slater

 

 
1974

Oct 24

Abbotsford Dr. Joel Nederhood  
1975

Oct 23-24

 

Seattle/ Watson Groen Geraldine Steensma & Mr. Henry Triezenburg  
1976

Oct 21-22

Fraser Valley No keynote this year: All workshops, lots of field trips  
1977   No documentation for this convention  
1978   No documentation for this convention  
1979

Oct 18-19

Lynden Rev J.B. Hulst  
1980

Oct 16-17

Abbotsford Dr. N Wolterstorff  
1981

Oct 15-16

Lynden Peter Steen  
1982

Oct 14-15

Pacific Christian/ Victoria Dr. Bruce Waltke

 

 
1983

Oct 13-14

Kenmore, WA Arnold Snoeyink  
1984

Oct 11-12

Richmond Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven

 

 
1985

Oct   17-18

Chilliwack Mike Ruiter

 

 
1986

Oct 16-17

Chilliwack Dr. Barbara Pell

 

 
1987

Oct 15-16

Chilliwack Dr. J.B. Hulst

 

 
1988

Oct 13-14

Victoria Dr. Weinhauer

 

 
1989

Oct 12-13

Chilliwack Dr Harold Pluimer

 

 
1990

Oct 11-12

Kelowna Paddy Ducklow  
1991

Oct 10-11

Kelowna Dale Cooper

 

 
1992

Oct 8-9

Bellevue Dr. Harold Pluimer  
1993

Oct 7-8

Bellevue Joel Nederhood  
1994

Oct 6-7

Lynden Dr. Ron Nydam  
1995

Oct 5-6

Lynden Luci Shaw & Ken Koeman  
1996

Oct 10-11

Abbotsford Dale Cooper & Dr. N. Wolterstorff  
1997

Oct 9-10

Abbotsford Dan VanderArk & Vern Steiner  
1998

Oct 8-9

Lynden Richard Edlin & C. Plantinga  
1999

Oct 7-8

Lynden Dr. Michael Goheen  
2000

Oct 5-6

Langley/Credo Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat

 

 
2001

Oct 4-5

Langley/Credo Larry Crab  
2002

Oct 10-11

Bellevue Dr. Jeremy Begbie & Rev Harry Weidenaar  
2003

Oct 9-10

Bellevue Dr. Cal DeWitt  
2004

Oct 7-8

Langley Dr. Dennis Dewey  
2005

Oct 6-7

Pacific Academy Dr. Rod Wilson & Dr. Guy Saffold

Joint Convention with ACSI

 
2006

Oct 5-6

Lynden Dr. David I Smith

 

 
2007

Oct 4-5

Lynden Dr. Rikk Watts

 

 
2008

Oct 9-10

Abbotsford Dr. Doug Blomberg  
2009

Oct 8-9

Abbotsford Pacific Christian Collaborative Group  
2010

Oct 7-8

Pacific Academy Dr. Michael Goheen & Dan Egeler

Joint Convention with ACSI

 
2011

Oct 6-7

Lynden Setting the Stage & BCS Collaborative Group

 

 
2012

Oct 4-5

Lynden/John Knox Tony Campolo  
2013

Oct 10-11

Langley Christian Keith Ferrin

Joint Convention with ACSI

 
2014

Oct 9-10

Langley Christian Collaborative Keynote by Langley staff  
2015

Oct 9

Lynden No keynote: This was a one-day convention due to the FISA Convention in the Fall of 2016  
2016

Oct 6-7

Lynden Andy Crouch  
2017

Oct 5-6

Pacific Academy James K.A Smith

Joint Convention with ACSI

 
2018

Oct 4-5

Abbotsford Eugene Cho  
       
       

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