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Faculty | M.A. in Teaching

Denise Reid

  • Associate Professor

  • PhD., Chapman University
  • Multiple Subject Credential, Hope International University
  • M.A., Cal State Fullerton
  • B.A., Cal Poly Pomona

Denise Reid has her Ph.D. from Chapman University, an M.S. from California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Reid holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has decades of experience in providing educational accommodations to students with disabilities. While equal access to quality education for students with disabilities is of...

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Tim Stranske

  • Professor and Faculty Emeritus

  • 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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Nicholas 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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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, Ph.D., specializes in literacy processes and curriculum development. 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 co-editing a book...

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Christie Curtis

  • Graduate Chair, School of Education
  • Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., Azusa Pacific University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., University of California, Riverside

A native Californian, Christie Curtis specializes in grammar and writing curriculum development. Her most recent book, Grammar and Writing 3 (piloted in 2015–16), was co-authored with Mary Hake and is one of six grammar and writing textbooks in their series. Utilizing her experiences as a former public and private school teacher, she has authored student editions, teacher editions and...

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Robin LaBarbera

  • Adjunct

  • 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 currently 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...

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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