DepartmentSchool of Education
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



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

Member of


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. She holds a M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a Certificate in TESOL from Biola University's Cook School of Intercultural Studies and a PhD in Education, Society, and Culture from University of California Riverside. Her dissertation research examined the role of linguistic/cultural resources and spiritual capital in identity formation for Long Term English Learners. As a teacher educator, she supports pre-service and in-service teachers while focusing on issues of educational equity, strengths-based perspectives, and equipping educators for the challenges and joys of teaching in diverse educational settings. 


AERA – American Educational Research Association (2012-present)
ASCD – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (2003-present)
CATESOL – California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (2005-present)
NABE – National Association for Bilingual Education (2017-present)
TESOL – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Association (2004- present)

Publications (Selected)

Canillas, J. & Stranske, T. (2018). Inclusive Strategies for Gifted Individuals. In R. LaBarbera & J. Hetzel, (Eds.), Inclusive Classrooms for Community Flourishing (375-401).

Stein, J. C., Hetzel, J., & Beck, R. (2012). Twice exceptional? The plight of the gifted English
learner. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 78(2), 36-41.
Stein, J. C. (2011). The Case for Collaboration: Integrating Information on English Learners and
Special Education in Teacher Preparation Programs. Multicultural Education, 19(3), 35-40.
Stratégies d’Enseignement du Contenu en Français. (2010). English DVD script for teaching
content in French as a Second Language for professional development in Burundi, Africa.

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