May. 22, 2019
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 improved schools in California.
Eastman is currently serving Biola University as the Director of Teacher Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high quality educators.
Eastman's research agenda has focused on equipping teachers in student motivation program design, creating an environment of attempt for all learners and preparing teachers in international settings. Currently, Eastman is researching the impact of Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) and Cooperative Learning (CL) on student achievement
Cherry Steinmeier's areas of interest and expertise include prepracticum training, the integration of Christianity and psychology and spiritual formation and growth. She is actively involved in the clinical training aspects of Rosemead. Her clinical specialty is object relations psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Laurie Wilson received her master’s degree in Greek and Latin and her doctoral degree in classics from the University of St. Andrews where she was an H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow and a Postgraduate Fellow in the James Wilson Programme for Constitutional Studies. This background reflects her passion for interdisciplinary research, which has focused on Augustine, Cicero and writings from the American founders. Wilson has taught at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Trinity Christian School in Kailua, Hawaii where she also served as a consultant to the Board of Directors and at Pacific Rim Christian University in Honolulu, Hawaii.