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Faculty | B.A. in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary

Carolyn Bishop

  • Director of Elementary Education
  • Associate Professor

  • Ed.D., University of California, Irvine and Los Angeles
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • Multiple Subject Credential, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.S., California State University, Fullerton

Carolyn Bishop was born in Toronto Canada. received her education in California and started her career in education as a sixth grade teacher. Her post baccalaureate education focused on curriculum, staff development, cognition, educational administration and online learning and thinking.

Bishop is serving the Biola students as the Director of Elementary Education and interim Special Education...

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Luciano Cid

  • Assistant Professor

    Luciano Cid grew up in Argentina until he was thirteen years of age. It was then when his parents made the complex decision to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life for their children. At the beginning, Cid struggled both socially and academically, which was something he had never experienced before. With time, he began to be able to communicate using his second language...

    Research Interests

    • Examining the interactions that exist between neurology, psychology, education, and spirituality/religion.
    • Investigating, designing, and implementing redemptive classroom management systems, investigating how teachers can parallel the ways in which the Judeo-Christian God has chosen to disciple rather than simply just discipline or punish His creation.
    • The role of empathy and grace in maintaining a child’s ability to develop well balanced interpersonal, intrapersonal, academic, and professional lives.
    • The lack of gender, ethnic, and multilingual diversity within the teaching staff of schools (in particular pre-schools and elementary schools), the impact that this lack of diversity has on students, and how policy could provide solutions for it.
    • The necessity to add a third dimension (i.e., appropriate pedagogical techniques) to the two-dimensional model introduced by Anderson, Krathwohl, et. al (2001) during their revision of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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    Dennis Eastman

    • Associate Professor
    • Director, Secondary Education

    • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
    • M.A., Biola University
    • B.A., Biola University

    Dennis Eastman spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education (Social Studies teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Director of Faculty Induction) before becoming the principal of Nova Academy Early College High School, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized Nova Academy with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most...


    • LEDU301 Introduction to Teaching - Secondary
    • SEED514/SEED515 Secondary Student Teaching I/II 
    • SEED539/LEDU438 Secondary Curriculum, Design, and Assessment 
    • SEED563/LEDU363 Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities

    Research Interests

    • Promoting inclusive strategies for general education teachers
    • Creating active learning environments for all students
    • Creating and developing effective teaching and learning strategies in diverse cultures

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    Joyce Yang

    • Assistant Professor

    • Ed.D. in Education, California State University, Fullerton
    • M.S. in Education, Northwestern University
    • B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

    Joyce Lee Yang served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director for nearly 20 years in public schools across three states. She earned her doctorate from California State University, Fullerton where she conducted her dissertation research on female elementary school principals’ perceptions of work-life balance within their organizational and personal contexts. Yang has been a...


    • Foundations of Education  
    • Introduction to Teaching 
    • Elementary Curriculum and Assessment  
    • Differentiation 
    • Secondary Curriculum
    • Assessment and Differentiation

    Research Interests

    • Women in school leadership
    • Feedback only assessment
    • Grading without grades
    • Social-emotional learning

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    Lorelei Coddington

    • Liberal Studies Co-Chair
    • Associate Professor

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

    Lorelei Coddington has served in numerous roles such as professor, classroom teacher, researcher, and curriculum consultant, which have enabled her to support teacher development through coursework taught at Biola University, Claremont Graduate University and Whittier College. She received her Doctor of Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2014. Coddington’s research examines teacher...


    • Educational inquiry
    • Mathematical discourse in the context of the Common Core
    • Models and strategies for teaching and learning
    • Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics in Early Childhood Education
    • Multiple Subject Curriculum & Pedagogy: Mathematics and Science
    • Learning and Learners
    • Multiple Subject Curriculum & Pedagogy: Language Arts with History-Social Science and visual and performing arts
    • Second Language Acquisition Theory and Methodology
    • Literacy Development in the Elementary Classroom
    • Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives in Education

    Research Interests

    • Teaching and learning contexts
    • Teacher cognition and identity — teacher knowledge, reflection and practice
    • Innovative designs for preservice teacher education and teacher professional development

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    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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    Robin LaBarbera

    • Faculty Emerita

    • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
    • M.A., Arizona State University
    • M.A., Biola University
    • B.S., National University
    • B.A., California State University Long Beach

    Robin LaBarbera started her teaching career in inner city Los Angeles as a Kindergarten teacher, third and fourth grade combination class teacher and as an Educational Therapist working with children in K-5 with learning difficulties. LaBarbera has two bachelor’s degrees in business administration/marketing and criminal justice, two master’s degrees in education and special education/autism,...

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    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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      Lorena Vidaurre

      • Associate Professor, School of Education

      • Ph.D., Biola University
      • M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
      • B.S., California State University, Los Angeles

      Lorena Vidaurre was born in Ecuador, South America, and was raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration/computer information systems, a master’s degree in early childhood education, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education. Her dissertation focused on decreasing school failure through parental involvement in literacy intervention for disadvantaged...


      • LEDU 356 Early Childhood Curriculum
      • LEDU 357 School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings
      • LEDU 358 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings
      • LEDU 359 Observation and Assessment of Young Children

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      Jenna Canillas

      • Liberal Studies Co-Chair
      • Associate Professor

      • Ph.D., University of California Riverside
      • M.A., Biola University
      • B.A., Bethel College

      Jenna Canillas specializes in the area of English learners and second language acquisition. Her professional roles have included professor, classroom teacher, District ELD Coach, Program Specialist for District English Learner Programs, Program Specialist for Gifted and Talented Education, and new teacher mentor as a BTSA support provider and academy instructor. Canillas holds a M.A. in Applied...

      Research Interests

      • Second language acquisition
      • Long-term English learners
      • Content area literacy
      • Technology in education
      • Strengths-based education
      • Gifted education

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      Mickie Wong-Lo

      • Director of Special Education
      • Associate Professor

      • Ph.D., University of North Texas
      • M.Ed., University of Houston
      • B.S., University of Houston

      Mickie Wong-Lo is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Biola. Wong-Lo, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, completed her doctoral studies in special education at the University of North Texas. Prior to entering the field of higher education, she worked as a behavioral training coordinator and consultant for private and public education/mental health facilities in Texas. She...

      Research Interests

      • Cyberbullying: Behavior analysis in digital culture, peer relationships in social media
      • Juvenile Delinquency: Gang crime analysis, violence in schools
      • Mental Health: Trauma, resiliency in victimization
      • Disproportionality: Over and underrepresentation
      • Behavior Analysis: Behavioral assessment and function-based intervention

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