Dean, School of Education
Dr. Hetzel specializes in literacy processes and curriculum development. Dr. Hetzel has served in the roles of teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, writer, editor, consultant, professor, and dean. She has served at school, district, and county levels, including four summer teaching overseas. She recently finished editing a PreK-6 textbook series for English Learners, Passport to Adventure (Purposeful Design Publications, 2014), and co-authored a chapter for Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision (2014). Her most recent trade book, The Literacy Gaps: Building Bridges for English Language Learners and Standard English Learners (Corwin Press, 2009), was co-authored with Dr. Ivannia Soto-Hinman of Whittier College. A former in-house editor, she has authored 18 teacher resource books, including the Steps to Writing Success series (2002), Writing Fluency (2001), Writing Teacher's Handbook series (1999), and Responding to Literature (1993; 2002). She has written articles for numerous journals, such Journal of Psychology and Theology, Evangelizing Today's Child, the Home School Researcher, the Claremont Yearbook, Focus Publications, Salem Press, Starburst Publishers, the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, Teachers of Vision, and Christian School Education. She was the managing editor for the American Bookseller's Pick-of-the-List in the parent category: Homeschooling: Answers to Questions Parent Most Often Ask (1995) and co-editor for Beauty is Soul Deep: 180 Devotionals for Growing a Meaningful Inner Life (Barbour Press, 2003). Dr. Hetzel has spoken for a variety of conferences, including the Oxford Round Table, Oxford University; a homeschooling conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand; an education conference at UPH, Jarkarta, Indonesia; and was the keynote at the ACSI 2014 regional conference for Christian School administrators in Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. Hetzel’s doctoral dissertation topic was “Factors that Influence Parents to Homeschool” and her heart is to support families in the education of their children, whether public, private, mission, or homeschool paths.