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Faculty | Special Education (Mild/Moderate) Credential

Robin LaBarbera

  • Faculty Emerita

  • 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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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 an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Biola. 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 private and public education/mental health facilities in Texas. She...

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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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 specializes in literacy processes, curriculum development, and spiritual formation. Hetzel has served in the roles of teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, writer, editor, consultant, and professor before becoming Dean of Biola's School of Education. She has served at school, district, and county levels, including four summer teaching overseas. Recent projects include...

Courses

  • SEED 504 Advanced Curriculum and Instruction (M.A.Ed. course)
  • SEED 520 Elementary Reading/Language Arts (for teachers of grades K-8)
  • SEED 530 Reading Processes and Approaches (for teachers of grades K-12)
  • SEED 531 Writing Processes and Approaches (for teachers of grades K-12)
  • SEED 537 Elementary History-Social Studies Methods (for teachers of grades K-6)
  • SEED 550 Multicultural Children’s Literature (for teachers of grades K-8)
  • SEED 554 Professional Writing (M.A.Ed. course)
  • SEED 571 Grant Writing, Book Proposals, and Textbooks (M.S. Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication course)
  • SEED 573 Curriculum Practicum (M.S. Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication course)
  • SEED 576 Textbook Writing (M.S. Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication course)
  • SEED 596 Professional Development Module (M.A.Ed. course)
  • SEED 599 Master’s Thesis (capstone)
  • Student Teacher Supervision
  • GNST 102 Freshmen Seminar
  • BBST 465 Philosophy of Christian Education
  • LEDU 420 Elementary Reading/Language Arts (for teachers of grades K-6)
  • LEDU 337 Elementary History-Social Studies Methods (for teachers of grades K-6)

Research Interests

  • Spiritual formation
  • Literacy
  • Reading/writing processes
  • English language learners
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Values education
  • Home schooling
  • Gifted education
  • Differentiated learning

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