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Known for its inclusive, inspiring and caring approach to education, preservice teachers are invited into a rich and complex professional conversation with dedicated faculty, school mentors and indigenous elders, becoming very well-prepared to meet the needs of all learners in varied contexts.

The School of Education exists within the ethos of a Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions.  Faculty have advanced degrees in education and are actively involved in the profession.  We are also engaged with the wider educational community through our investment in advancing educational research and educational practice that nurtures wisdom, compassion and care for all, integral ways of understanding and caring for the world, locally and globally, and transformation of learners and communities.   

Dean’s Message

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Teaching is one of the most complex and challenging vocations. Lee Iacocca highlighted the value of the teaching profession when he noted that, “… in a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” It takes courage and commitment to become an educator who has the utmost positive regard for their students and a fervent belief in their ability to succeed even amongst many challenges. An educator who regards teaching not only as a vocation, but as a calling.

At TWU’s School of Education, our focus is on intentionally connecting the educational practice of teaching and learning with the holistic richness of Christian spiritual understandings. We aim to help all our students develop reflective discernment through wisdom, humility, peace, patience, reference, gratitude, compassion, hope, courage, faithfulness, attentiveness, and love of beauty. These virtue pathways are our commitment to the teaching profession.

In each of our undergraduate and graduate programs we go beyond acquired technical expertise and expected education standards, to inspire hearts and minds who respond to the varying demands of the profession in equitable and inclusive ways. Pre-service teachers and scholars are guided to the lifelong exploration and development of philosophical and theological understandings of what it means to be human, to be educated, and to live well with others and the created world.

Our program outcomes and virtue pathways can be found here.

Lara Ragpot, D.Ed.

TWU Dean of Education

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Meet the Faculty

William R. Acton, Ph.D.

Director, MA TESOL Program
Professor of Applied Linguistics

Jaqueline Buitelaar, M.Ed.

Faculty Associate - Elementary Stream
Professional Year Program Coordinator

Susan M. Dykshoorn, M.Ed.

Faculty Associate - Elementary Stream

Matthew Etherington, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Moira C. Fricke, M.A.

Sessional Instructor of Education
Special Education Advisor

Juliet A. Hiller, M.Ed.

Part-time Faculty Associate

Barbara Hofmann, Ph.D.

Faculty Associate - Secondary Stream

Kathy Holmes, M.Ed.

Part-time Faculty Associate

Carolyn Kristjansson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Yu-Ling Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

Cynthia D. McCarthy, MAEL

Faculty Associate - Secondary Stream
Professional Year Coordinator

Eileen McWilliams, MA

Part-time Instructor of MA TESOL

Kevin Mirchandani, M.Ed.

Part-time Instructor of Education

Gordon Moulden, EdD

Part-time Instructor of MA TESOL

Lisa Olding, M.Ed.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Education

Jill Omichinski, M.Ed

Faculty Associate, Professional Year Program
Part-time Instructor of Education

Nina Pak Lui, M.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Education

Lisa Peterson, M.Ed.

Part-time Instructor of Education
Part-time Faculty Associate

Kenneth Pudlas, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Education

Lara Ragpot, D.Ed.

Director, Masters of Arts in Educational Studies - Special Education Program
Professor of Education

Andrew Shutsa

Part-time Instructor of Education

Jenn Skelding, M.Ed

Adjunct Professor of Education

Patricia Victor, M.A.L.

University Siya:m
Co-Director, Institute of Indigenous Issues & Perspectives
Indigenous Elder
Part-time Instructor of Education

Alan Wiebe, M.Ed.

Faculty Associate, Professional Year Program

Jim Willms, M.Ed.

Part-time Instructor of Education