Dr. Serna began her teaching career in 1991 in the Culver City Unified School District as a 3rd 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 bilingual education as they relate to linguistically and culturally diverse students. Her recent research focused on English learners on the central California coast who speak Triqui, an indigenous Mexican language.
Dr. Serna welcomes the opportunity to prepare future teachers through a Christ centered education that will equip them to make a significant spiritual impact in the lives of their students.