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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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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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    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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    Joyce Yang

    • Assistant Professor

    • Ph.D. in Education, California State University, Fullerton
    • M.S. in Education, Northwestern University
    • B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

    Joyce Yang served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director for nearly 20 years in  public schools across three states. She earned her doctorate from California State University, Fullerton where she conducted her dissertation research on female elementary school principals’ perceptions of work-life balance within their organizational and personal contexts. Yang has been a...

    Courses

    • Foundations of Education  
    • Introduction to Teaching 
    • Elementary Curriculum and Assessment  
    • Differentiation 
    • Secondary Curriculum
    • Assessment and Differentiation

    Research Interests

    • Women in school leadership
    • Growth and scope of the role of the principal

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    Lorelei Coddington

    • Associate Professor, Education

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

    Lorelei Coddington has served in numerous roles such as classroom teacher, researcher, and curriculum consultant, which have enabled her to support teacher development through coursework taught at Biola University, Claremont Graduate University and Whittier College. She received her Doctor of Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2014. Coddington’s research examines teacher knowledge,...

    Courses

    • Educational inquiry
    • Mathematical discourse in the context of the Common Core
    • Models and strategies for teaching and learning
    • Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics in Early Childhood Education
    • Multiple Subject Curriculum & Pedagogy: Mathematics and Science
    • Learning and Learners
    • Multiple Subject Curriculum & Pedagogy: Language Arts with History-Social Science and visual and performing arts
    • Second Language Acquisition Theory and Methodology
    • Literacy Development in the Elementary Classroom
    • Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives in Education

    Research Interests

    • Teaching and learning contexts
    • Teacher cognition and identity — teacher knowledge, reflection and practice
    • Innovative designs for preservice teacher education and teacher professional development

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    June Hetzel

    • Dean, School of Education
    • Professor

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

    June Hetzel, who has a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, 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. Recent projects include co-editing a book entitled ...

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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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    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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      Lorena E. Vidaurre

      • 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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      Jenna Canillas

      • Associate Professor

      • Ph.D., University of California Riverside
      • 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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      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...

      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

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