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

June Hetzel

  • Dean, School of Education
  • Professor
  • Director, Biola Youth Academics

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

June Hetzel specializes in literacy processes and curriculum development. 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, Secondary Education
  • Associate Director, Biola Youth Academics

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

Dennis 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

Virginia Johnson specializes in math education, elementary curriculum and elementary instruction. A former elementary school teacher in Michigan, Pennsylvania and California, 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 International....

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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, third and fourth grade combination class teacher and as an Educational Therapist working with children in K-5 with learning difficulties. LaBarbera has two bachelor’s degrees in business administration/marketing and criminal justice, two master’s degrees in education and special education/autism,...

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Claire Sibold

  • Professor Emerita

Jenna Canillas

  • Associate Professor

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

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 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 1982–87 and...

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Lorena E. Vidaurre

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

  • 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

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...

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Mickie Wong-Lo

  • Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., University of North Texas
  • M.Ed., University of Houston
  • B.S., University of Houston

Mickie Wong-Lo is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Biola, previously at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Wong-Lo, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, completed her doctoral studies in special education at the University of North Texas. Prior to entering the field of higher education, she worked as a behavioral training coordinator and consultant for...

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Research Interests

  • Cyberbullying: Behavior Analysis in Digital Culture, Peer Relationships in Social Media
  • Juvenile Delinquency: Gang Crime Analysis, Violence in Schools
  • Mental Health: Trauma, Resiliency in victimization
  • Disproportionality: Over- and Underrepresentation
  • Behavior Analysis: Behavioral Assessment and Function-Based Intervention

Luciano Cid

  • Assistant Professor

    Luciano Cid grew up in Argentina until he was thirteen years of age. It was then when his parents made the complex decision to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life for their children. At the beginning, Cid struggled both socially and academically, which was something he had never experienced before. With time, he began to be able to communicate using his second language...

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    Carolina Serna

    • Associate Professor

      Carolina Serna began her teaching career in 1991 in the Culver City Unified School District as a third grade bilingual teacher. Her teaching experience at the elementary level in rural, inner city and suburban settings, and at the university level continue to inform her teaching and research.

      Her areas of research include literacy development in sociocultural contexts, teacher preparation and...

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