On 28 June the Korteweg de Vries Institute - Teaching Awards were handed out to Jan Brandts for best lecturer and to Jeremy van der Heijden for best assistant teacher. Next to the honorable titles of ‘best lecturer’ and ‘best assistant teacher’ they received gold-plated chalks (gouden krijtjes) with their names engraved.
In the motivations given by the students for this choice, Jan Brandts was praised for his ‘enthusiastic and clear explanations, great use of the blackboard and his very structured yet humorous teaching methodology’. Students appreciated the housecup and said ‘he is simply the best’, ‘really makes a course fun’ and called him ‘swag’.
Jeremy van der Heijden was characterised as being ‘extremely passionate about mathematics and a very enthusiastic, structured and dedicated teacher who always has time for answering questions’. He is ‘always willing to give extra help to his students’ and ‘even gives lectures with a broken leg’.
Other nominated candidates were Han Peters and Rob Stevenson (lecturers) and Ronen Brilleslijper and Sven Polak (assistant teachers).
The Mathematics Education Committee has, in collaboration with the Korteweg-de Vries Institute, taken the initiative to organise this yearly prize to express their appreciation for teachers who excel in their educational tasks. Moreover, this award highlights the option of becoming a teacher to the students and in this way stimulates good education and strong commitment of students to education.