10/06/2018 - 10:00
Mark Van Dongen is the winner of the 2018 JORIS DE ROY MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT! Congratulations to Mark and a huge thanks to the family of Joris De Roy who help to contribute to the Travel Grant and who were on hand to award the prize to Mark!
Last year, BELTA began a new tradition: holding a raffle among the delegates for the chance to attend the IATEFL Conference. Shortly after BELTA Day 2017, the grant was renamed in honour of BELTA Board Member, Joris De Roy, who passed away suddenly two weeks after BELTA Day 2017.
Read about this year’s winner and how you can contribute to our new Professional Development Aid fund to encourage professional development among English teachers in Belgium.
This year’s winner of THE JORIS DE ROY MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT is Mark Van Dongen. Mark is the EFL Adviser for Mechelen-Brussels. He has been attending BELTA Day for a number of years now! Mark is a teacher of Dutch and English with a Master’s Degree from the University of Antwerp where he also completed his teacher training. He also participated in a Theatre Studies programme at Glasgow University via Erasmus.
Mark began his teaching career in 1994 at Koninklijk Lyceum 2 in Antwerp. He has also taught at Koninklijk Atheneum Brasschaat, Technisch Instituut Borgerhout and St.-Jan Berchmanscollege Puurs as a cover teacher. He has taught English-Dutch at OLVP Bornem, O.-L.-Vrouwecollege Antwerp and St.-Jan Berchmansinstituut Puurs, which he started in 1996. In 2006, he became SenCo and then Head of Pastoral Care in 2007, combining both with teaching until 2015 when he became the EFL Adviser for Mechelen-Brussels.
He first attended IATEFL in 2016 when it was in Birmingham; he has also attended the Glasgow Conference in 2017 and the Brighton Conference in 2018.
The JORIS DE ROY MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT is one of the initiatives from BELTA which promotes professional development for English teachers in Belgium who are members of BELTA. The grant was first awarded at BELTA Day 2017, which was won by Ria Oris. Shortly after awarding the IATEFL Travel Grant (its former name), the name was changed to THE JORIS DE ROY MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT in honour of BELTA Board member, Joris De Roy, who passed suddenly two weeks after BELTA Day 2017.
In conjunction with the family of Joris De Roy, BELTA has established a new fund – the Professional Development Aid (PDA) – to encourage and promote professional development among the English teachers in Belgium. In addition to this travel grant, this fund also supports the BELGIAN IATEFL PRESENTERS TRAVEL GRANT which is awarded in January after the announcements of the IATEFL Conference Selection Committee. Further information about this grant, which was won by Natascha Coene last year, will be forthcoming.
You can make a donation to the fund, allowing it to grow and allowing us to continue to award professional development opportunities to teachers and teacher trainees throughout Belgium. Here is the information you need to make a bank transfer:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AID
Grote Markt 13
IBAN BE48 7350 5081 2527
BELTA will place the names of donors on our website and in the BELTA Day programme. If you wish to have your name added to the list, please indicate your complete name in the memo section of your transfer; if you wish to remain anonymous, please leave the memo blank.