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University of Northern British Columbia School of Education Degree Program

University of Northern British Columbia School of Education Degree Program

March 1, 2016

Conan Winkelmeyer Apt #220-3033 Ospika Blvd Prince George, BC V2N 4L5

Mr. Winkelmeyer,

Via email

On February 29, 2016, I received an email from Mrs. Carol Fedyk in her role as Practicum Placement Coordinator regarding your status as a teacher candidate in the EDUC 491: Classroom Practice & Seminar IV course.

In her email to me, she stated that you had met with her and Dr. Tina Fraser, BEd Coordinator and that “[you had] decided to withdraw before the issues became worse.We assume that you believed that you were voluntarily withdrawing from the EDUC 491 practicum which will result in an “F” in the course.

As per the UNBC 2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Calendar,

Teacher candidates seeking voluntary withdrawal from a practicum placement, whether permanent or temporary, must receive permission to do so from the Chair of Education. Teacher candidates should make this decision only after careful consideration of the possible impact on their practicum experience-based assignments. Failure to give appropriate notice of withdrawal during a practicum placement, without consultation and approval of the Practicum Placement Coordinator, and/or BEd Coordinator, will result in withdrawal from UNBC’s Education Program. (p. 98)

You appear to have consulted with the Practicum Placement Coordinator and the BEd Coordinator but you did not receive approval from either. More importantly, you did not receive permission from me as the School of Education Chair. As you have not received permission for a voluntary withdrawal from the EDUC 491 practicum from me as School of Education Chair, nor have you been approved for this withdrawal by Dr. Fraser, BEd Coordinator, or by Mrs. Fedyk, your voluntary withdrawal from practicum will result in your being withdrawn from the UNBC Education program.

I will add that, given the additional emails, notes, and reports from your field experience Cooperating Teacher, Practicum Supervisor, and Principal, you would have been withdrawn from the practicum setting this week so I do not interpret your withdrawal as student-initiated.

Andrew Kitchenham, Ph.D. Chair and Professor

3333 University Way, Prince George, BC

V2N 4Z9

Telephone 960-6707

Email: andrew.kitchenham@unbc.ca Fax 960-5536

University of Northern British Columbia School of Education Degree Program

University of Northern British Columbia School of Education Degree Program

In summary, you have voluntarily withdrawn from the EDUC 491 practicum without approval from the UNBC School of Education Chair; therefore, you are withdrawn from the UNBC Education program.

Should you wish to discuss any information concerning re-admission to the program, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

to the program, please contact me directly. Sincerely, Dr. Andrew Kitchenham School of Education Chair and

Dr. Andrew Kitchenham School of Education Chair and Professor

cc:

Dr. Tina Fraser, BEd Coordinator and Education Appeals Chair Mrs. Carol Fedyk, Practicum Placement Coordinator Kathy Labonté, Practicum Supervisor, UNBC Nick Hadfield, Cooperating Teacher, Spruceland Traditional School Linda Picton, Principal, Spruceland Traditional School

Andrew Kitchenham, Ph.D. Chair and Professor

3333 University Way, Prince George, BC

V2N 4Z9

Telephone 960-6707

Email: andrew.kitchenham@unbc.ca Fax 960-5536

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