Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • B.A., University of Washington


Dr. Claire Sibold specializes in literacy for both elementary and secondary levels, curriculum development, children's literature and writing of credential documents for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A former teacher and editor, she has published numerous articles in journals and yearbooks including Innovative Learning Strategies, Today's Evangelizing Child, ASCD journal, and the Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook, and has published chapters in books on study skills and adult literacy and continuing education. Her career experience includes both public and private school teaching in Washington and Arizona, teaching at Arizona State University, serving as an editor with CTB/ McGraw-Hill, serving as a mentor teacher and teaching in Hong Kong. She has served on review panels for early intervention grants, the California Reading Initiative, National Council on Reading and RICA standards for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Dr. Sibold presents workshops and sessions at the Association of Christian Schools International, the International Reading Association, regional and state conferences, and school in-services. In addition, she has served as a manuscript reviewer for Houghton Mifflin and Addison Wesley Longman Publishers and several refereed journals for the International Reading Association. She is an Oxford University Round Table member and has appeared for many years in Who's Who in Education and most recently in Who's Who Among Professionals and Executives; she was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Award. Dr. Sibold and her family attend Mariners Church in Irvine. While Dr. Sibold calls Southern California home, she is originally from Seattle, Wash.


  • ASCD-Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • ACSI-Association of Christian Schools International
  • IRA-International Reading Association
  • OCRA-Orange County Reading Association
  • CRA-California Reading Association

Publications (Selected)


  • Sibold, C. (2007). “Context clues”: 3-4. Huntington Beach, CA: Creative Teaching Press.
  • Sibold, C. (May 2005). “Strategic writing to support adolescent and adult learners as they construct meaning from subject matter texts”. Content Area Reading,
  • Hetzel, J, & Sibold, C. (February 2005). “Writing strategies”. Classroom leadership: A newsletter for K-12 classroom teachers, 8 (5), 7. Danvers, MA: Association for the Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Hetzel, J., & Sibold, C. (May/June 2004). “Maximizing your teaching with the best visuals”. Evangelizing Today's Child. Warrenton, MO: Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc.
  • Hetzel, J., & Sibold, C. (September/ October 2003). “How to overcome reading obstacles”. Evangelizing Today's Child. Warrenton, MO: Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc.
  • Sibold, C. (2003). Hospitality. In J. Hetzel & M. Lee (Eds.), “Beauty is soul deep”. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publications.
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