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Outstanding Alumna and LCS Teacher Recognition

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Outstanding Alumna and LCS Teacher Recognition

The University of Manitoba Students’ Teacher Recognition Reception (STRR) is an opportunity to celebrate teaching excellence. Recognizing that academic growth and development occurs over many years, each faculty nominates an outstanding graduating student, who then selects two teachers who have made important contributions to their education, one from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and one from their years at the University of Manitoba.

This year, LCS Alumna Logan Hiebert ‘20 nominated by the Faculty of Arts, chose Mr. Matt Janzen, LCS Senior Years English teacher as one of her two selections. He was honoured on May 2, 2024 at the reception hosted by The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning,

In her tribute, Logan credits Mr. Janzen for sparking in her the excitement to study literature. She went on to say, “I think his classes were universally loved; I don’t know of anyone who didn’t enjoy them. Not only is he encouraging and motivational, but he is kind, funny, and exceptionally engaging.” She expressed  gratitude to  Mr. Janzen for instilling a confidence in her to pursue what she assumed would not be achievable. Logan’s tribute to Mr. Janzen given at the 32nd Student’s Teacher Recognition Reception, may be viewed here.

Logan Hiebert attended Linden Christian School from Kindergarten to Grade 12, giving her the honour of being an LCS Epic Journey student.  Logan excelled in her studies at LCS and achieved “Honours with Great Distinction” (+95%) throughout high school.  She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English Literature, while maintaining a 4.5 GPA. Logan is a 2024 Silver Medal Governor General’s Award recipient.

Matt Janzen received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba with a Major in English and a Minor in French. Matt’s career at LCS spans 25 years teaching primarily English, and he has held the position of English Department Head since 2004. Matt’s goal as a teacher is primarily to respect and care for each student as a valuable child of God. He also wants to encourage a love of reading and equip students to use the English language to communicate meaning and emotion. When asked about Logan’s award, he responded, “ I am so proud of Logan and her remarkable achievement. She is a brilliant writer and I am very excited for her future success in the legal field.”

Hiebert’s achievements and Janzen’s recent award serve as reminders of the profound impact educators can have on their students’ lives and highlight the importance of an “Education Built on Relationships.” By prioritizing spiritual growth, academic excellence, and meaningful connections between students and teachers, LCS equips our students for success beyond the classroom.