- Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Professor Bergwerrff completed a BA in elementary education at Calvin College in 1978. He then moved to Redlands, California where he taught from 1978 to 1983. He then returned to Michigan to earn his MAT in Science Education at Grand Valley State University, which he completed in 1988.
After moving back to Grand Rapids, he taught at Sylvan Christian Middle School from 1983 to 2001. He served as an adjunct for Calvin's Education department from 1999-2001, before joining the GEO Department in the fall of 2001. Here he has developed both an introductory biology course and an Earth science course specifically for elementary education majors.
For the past several years, has been active with providing in service training to middle school teachers in the US and Canada.
From 2006 through the present he has done professional development work and curriculum development with area middle and high school teachers funded by the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency.
A trip to Liberia, summer of 2008 (funded by the Kuyers Institute), provided the opportunity to train science teachers in schools in the Christian Schools Network as well as conduct seminars for the University of Liberia in inquiry-based teaching.