Hoogewerf Announces Retirement
John Hoogewerf, assistant professor of education in Adult Studies, will retire this year but remain half-time with the Adult Studies Education program.
On faculty since 2003, Hoogewerf came to Trinity after 30 years of teaching high school. He taught for 27 years at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois, before retiring in 2000. Prior to Illiana, he taught at Grayslake Community High School in Grayslake, Illinois, and Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, Illinois.
“After 30 years teaching in high school, I was ready to teach teachers,” said Hoogewerf. “God has called me to Trinity. The interaction with adult students in our program here gives me great satisfaction. They teach us all.”
The Chicago native received his M.S. in Education from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. Before enrolling in college, Hoogewerf served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. His original plan was to pursue a career in social work, but the “turbulent times of that era” persuaded him to choose education. Three decades of teaching helped forge a philosophy that he brought to Trinity.
“We teachers have a responsibility to each of our students to give them the best of our attention and concern,” he said. “Any one student can make a significant difference in our world, so the time that we spend with them is critical. As teachers, we have the opportunity to influence our culture by helping our students get the best education possible.”
Hoogewerf and his wife Ruth live in Lansing, Illinois, where they attend Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
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