TWU grad Kaitlin Burns awarded outstanding student teacher award.

Grades 3 and 4 students listened to actual recorded penguin “talk,” predicted elements of a story based on items such as ballet slippers and a sport trophy from a “guessing bag” and carefully examined real owls brought in by an owl conservation society. And the person that made it happen was Trinity Western University student teacher Kaitlin Burns.

Burns, a Langley resident, recently received the British Columbia Teachers Federation Maxwell Cameron Award, presented to the outstanding student teacher in Trinity Western University's B.Ed. graduating class. With a passion for teaching, Burns enlivened learning and animated her students about discovering new things over the course of the school year.

The $250 award was presented by the Dean of Education, Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, at a recent graduation ceremony. 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.

Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, Dean of the School of Education at TWU comments, “Kaitlin was contagiously enthusiastic and creative. She demonstrated superb organizational skills, and her supportive learning atmosphere enabled her students to flourish to the best of their abilities.”

Outside of the classroom Burns also showed an interest in providing for students with special needs and took time to coach both volleyball and basketball.

Says Burns, “My past year's growth, challenges and successes, have made me confident and excited to start my journey as a professional teacher. I'll be continuing my teaching over the summer as a swimming instructor and have been offered employment as a teacher in both the Abbotsford and Langley public school districts.”

This year, Burns, along with 26 other students, graduated from Trinity Western University's teacher education program. The program offers both undergraduate, post-degree, and graduate programs in education. More information about TWU's School of Education can be found by visiting

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.

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