Faculty | Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, B.A.

June Hetzel

  • Dean, School of Education
  • Professor

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Biola University

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...

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Carolyn Bishop

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Elementary Education

  • Ed.D., University of California, Irvine and Los Angeles
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • Multiple Subject Credential, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.S., California State University, Fullerton

Carolyn Bishop was born in Toronto Canada. Carolyn received her education in California and started her career in education as a sixth grade teacher. Her post baccalaureate education focused on curriculum, staff development, cognition, educational administration and online learning and thinking.

Carolyn Bishop is serving the Biola students as the Director of Elementary Education implementing...

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Nicholas C. Block

  • Associate Professor

  • PhD, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Teaching credential, Simpson University
  • BA, Stanford University

After beginning his career in education as a science teacher in Bogotá, Colombia in 1984, Nick Block has worked most of his years in the U.S. as a public school teacher in grades three to five, in a variety of language settings. While concerned with all subject areas, in his teaching in East Los Angeles he most recently concentrated on issues of vocabulary development as a basis for reading...

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Dennis Eastman

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Teacher Education

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Biola University

Dr. Eastman spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education (Social Studies teacher, coach, Athletic Director, and Director of Faculty Induction) before becoming the principal of Nova Academy Early College High School, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized Nova Academy with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most...

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Virginia M. Johnson

  • Associate Professor of Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • M.A., California State University, San Bernardino
  • B.A., Western Michigan University

Dr. Johnson specializes in math education, elementary curriculum and elementary instruction. A former elementary school teacher in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and California, Dr. Johnson has presented teacher education workshops and courses for numerous organizations, including California Baptist University; University of California, Riverside; and the Association of Christian Schools...

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Robin LaBarbera

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Special Education

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Arizona State University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., National University
  • B.A., California State University Long Beach

Robin LaBarbera started her teaching career in inner city Los Angeles as a Kindergarten teacher, 3/4th combination class teacher, and finally as an Educational Therapist working with children in K-5 with learning difficulties. Dr. LaBarbera has two Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration/Marketing and Criminal Justice, two Master’s degrees in Education and Special Education/Autism, and a...

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Ben Nworie

  • Professor

  • Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University (And University of North Texas)
  • M.S., Counseling, University of North Texas
  • M.A./M.Div. Criswell College, Dallas, TX
  • B.Sc. University of Nigeria
  • PGDE. University of Benin

Dr. Nworie is a detail oriented, effective listener, skilled in teaching and counseling. He is highly committed to his student’s welfare and academic success.

Dr. Ben Nworie completed his Ph.D. in Special Education, with emphases in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, and Clinical Psychology. He has been involved in education for over 25 years with K-12 to college teaching experience. In the...

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Claire Sibold

  • Professor Emerita

  • 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,...

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Jenna Canillas Stein

  • Assistant Professor

  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Bethel College

Jenna Canillas Stein 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 has spoken at numerous...

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Tim Stranske

  • Assistant Dean
  • Professor

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Biola University

With more than 30 years in the Christian school movement, several years as a junior high and high school teacher, and 28 years as an administrator, Tim Stranske has a wealth of experience in the education field. He was a principal, curriculum director and superintendent for four California Christian school systems. In addition, Stranske served Biola as an adjunct faculty member from 1982 to...

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Lorena E. Vidaurre

  • Associate Professor
  • Undergraduate Studies Chair
  • Liberal Studies Coordinator
  • Director of Early Childhood Education

  • Ph.D., Biola University
  • M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
  • B.S., California State University, Los Angeles
  • Program Director Permit - Level VI, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Multiple Subject Credential, California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Vidaurre is the initiator, director, and professor of the Early Childhood Education program at Biola University. She has been an educator for over 20 years in the roles of classroom teacher, parent educator, mentor, consultant, and college instructor. Originally from Ecuador, Dr. Vidaurre has enjoyed teaching in bilingual programs in inner city Los Angeles and specializes in working with...

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