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
2019
Nov 7-8
Langley  Mark Charles
First year at Trinity Western University Campus
 

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