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Faculty | B.A. in Early Childhood

June Hetzel

  • Dean, School of Education
  • Professor
  • Interim Director of Early Childhood Education

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Biola University

June Hetzel specializes in literacy processes, curriculum development, and spiritual formation. Hetzel has served in the roles of teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, writer, editor, consultant, and professor before becoming Dean of Biola's School of Education. She has served at school, district, and county levels, including four summer teaching overseas. Recent projects include...


  • SEED 504 Advanced Curriculum and Instruction (M.A.Ed. course)
  • SEED 520 Elementary Reading/Language Arts (for teachers of grades K-8)
  • SEED 530 Reading Processes and Approaches (for teachers of grades K-12)
  • SEED 531 Writing Processes and Approaches (for teachers of grades K-12)
  • SEED 537 Elementary History-Social Studies Methods (for teachers of grades K-6)
  • SEED 550 Multicultural Children’s Literature (for teachers of grades K-8)
  • SEED 554 Professional Writing (M.A.Ed. course)
  • SEED 571 Grant Writing, Book Proposals, and Textbooks (M.S. Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication course)
  • SEED 573 Curriculum Practicum (M.S. Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication course)
  • SEED 576 Textbook Writing (M.S. Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication course)
  • SEED 596 Professional Development Module (M.A.Ed. course)
  • SEED 599 Master’s Thesis (capstone)
  • Student Teacher Supervision
  • GNST 102 Freshmen Seminar
  • BBST 465 Philosophy of Christian Education
  • LEDU 420 Elementary Reading/Language Arts (for teachers of grades K-6)
  • LEDU 337 Elementary History-Social Studies Methods (for teachers of grades K-6)

Research Interests

  • Spiritual formation
  • Literacy
  • Reading/writing processes
  • English language learners
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Values education
  • Home schooling
  • Gifted education
  • Differentiated learning

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Lorena Vidaurre

    Carolina Serna

    • Associate Professor

      Carolina Serna began her teaching career in 1991 in the Culver City Unified School District as a third grade bilingual teacher. Her teaching experience at the elementary level in rural, inner city and suburban settings, and at the university level continue to inform her teaching and research.

      Her areas of research include literacy development in sociocultural contexts, teacher preparation and...


      • SEED520/LEDU420 English Language Arts/Reading
      • SEED549/LEDU380 Children's Literature
      • SEED535/LEDU335 Child Development: Birth to Adolescence 
      • SEED541/LEDU341 Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Children

      Research Interests

      • Literacy/Biliteracy
      • Indigenous Students
      • Bilingual Education
      • Teacher Preparation
      • Education Policy

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      Christi Min

      • Chair of Early Childhood
      • Assistant Professor

      • Ph.D. in Education, Talbot School of Theology
      • M.A. in Christian Education, Talbot School of Theology
      • B.A. in Psychology, Yeung Nam University

      Christi Min, Ph.D., holds a Level VI Early Childhood Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She is bilingual and biliterate in Korean and English. Dr. Min has taught at the Pre-K, kindergarten and grades 1–2 levels, and has served as a preschool director, site supervisor and children’s ministry director. She has worked in both monolingual and bilingual environments...


      • LEDU 335 Child Development: Birth through Adolescence
      • LEDU 356 Early Childhood Curriculum Development
      • LEDU 358 Early Childhood Classroom Management
      • LEDU 360 Early Childhood Practicum
      • LEDU 389 Spiritual Formation for Young Children

      Research Interests

      • Young children’s social-emotional/ Pro-social development
      • Young children’s faith development
      • Theology of children
      • Early childhood classroom management
      • Early childhood curriculum development
      • Early childhood program development
      • Assessment of early childhood learning environments

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