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Degrees

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

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Biography

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 Hispanic kindergarten entrants. She also holds a bilingual and cross-cultural multiple subject credential and a Program Director Permit, Level VI from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Vidaurre has been an educator for over 20 years in the roles of classroom teacher, parent educator, mentor, consultant and college instructor. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching primarily in kindergarten bilingual programs in inner city Los Angeles and specializes in working with linguistically diverse students and their families.

Vidaurre serves Biola students as the founding director and professor of Early Childhood Education, implementing a fully online program. Vidaurre’s personal mission is to “equip early education pre-service teachers and leaders in mind, character and spiritual warfare through Bible-centered education, service, research and endowed scholarships that will prepare them in their career and personal journey to impact their students, colleagues, school communities, and the world for Jesus Christ.” She has published articles pertaining to global perspectives on spiritual warfare in the preK-12 classroom and co-authored curriculum for English language development in Latin American countries.

Vidaurre enjoys leading, speaking and teaching in Spanish-speaking ministry settings throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. She loves to spend time with her husband, children, extended family and dogs. Vidaurre maintains an active lifestyle ranging from Zumba to CrossFit. Her main passions are Jesus, reading and language learning.

Affiliations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Education Association
  • Christian Educators Association International

Publications (Selected)

  • English as a Foreign Language Textbook, Primary Level 1. Vidaurre, L., LaBarbera, R. Purposeful Design, 2012.
  • "Comparing the attitudes of first-grade dual language immersion versus mainstream English students." Block, N., Vidaurre, L. Bilingual Research Journal, 2019.
  • Hetzel, J., Vidaurre, L., Costillo, D., Longinow, R., Taillon, Al., and LaBarbera, R. (2016, November). Spiritual Warfare in the K-12 Classroom: Global Perspectives. Justice, Spirituality, and Education, (4).
  • Hetzel, J., Vidaurre, L., Costillo, D., Longinow, R., Taillon, Al., and LaBarbera, R. (2016). Global Perspectives on Spiritual Warfare in the Classroom. Christian School Education, Vol. 20 (2), pp. 32-35.

    Presentations

    • Biola Hispanic Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      Presented on "Cómo transmitir la fe a la familia." April 2017.

    • ACSI Early Education Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      Presented on "Forming and enhancing strong teacher-family partnerships." March 2017.
    • Annual Family Literacy & Health Parent Conference, Carson, CA.
      Presented on "Preparing for kindergarten." 2017.
    • ACSI Early Education Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      Co-presented with K. Harrison on "Gardner’s multiple intelligences: From concept to the classroom." April 2016.
    • ACSI Early Education Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      Co-presented with K. Harrison on "Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development and learning centers: From concept to the classroom." April 2016.

    • Biola Hispanic Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      Presented on "Preparando maestros para niños y jóvenes en la iglesia." April 2013.
    • Parent Education Senior Teachers’ Professional Development In-service to Early Childhood Education Department, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA.
      Presented on "Before and after: Pre- and post-testing for school readiness language development program (SRLDP).” 2009.

    • Annual Family Literacy & Health Parent Conference, Carson, CA.
      Presented on "Raising a bilingual and biliterate child." 2006.
    • Annual Parent Community Conference, Norwalk, CA.
      Presented on "Fun and learning through literacy." 2005.

    Courses

    • 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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