Experts on "Literacy"

June Hetzel

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

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 Inclusive Classrooms for Community Flourishing (2018, SKILD, published in Arabic); co-authoring a chapter called "Jesus, Justice, and Special Education Inclusion: A Case for the Shalom Model of Inclusion" in Integrating Faith and Special Education: A Christian Faith Approach to Special Education Practice (2016, Wipf & Stock); editing a PreK–6 textbook series for English Learners, Passport to Adventure (Purposeful Design Publications, 2014); co-authoring a chapter for Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision (2014); and co-authoring The Literacy Gaps: Building Bridges for English Language Learners and Standard English Learners (Corwin Press, 2009). A former in-house editor, she has authored 18 teacher resource books, including the Steps to Writing Success series (2002), Writing Fluency (2001), Writing Teacher's Handbook series (1999) and Responding to Literature (1993; 2002). She has written articles for numerous journals, such Journal of Psychology and Theology, Evangelizing Today's Child, the Home School Researcher, the Claremont Yearbook, Focus Publications, Salem Press, Starburst Publishers, the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, Teachers of Vision and Christian School Education. She was the managing editor for the American Bookseller's Pick-of-the-List in the parent category: Homeschooling: Answers to Questions Parent Most Often Ask (1995) and co-editor for Beauty is Soul Deep: 180 Devotionals for Growing a Meaningful Inner Life (Barbour Press, 2003). Hetzel has spoken for a variety of conferences, including the Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, a homeschooling conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, an education conference at UPH, Jakarta, Indonesia and was the keynote at the ACSI regional conference for Christian School administrators in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Hetzel’s doctoral dissertation topic was “Factors that Influence Parents to Homeschool” and her heart is to support families in the education of their children, whether public, private, mission or homeschool paths.

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Suzanne Welty

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Suzanne Welty, who earned the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning from Azusa Pacific University, joins the Communication Sciences and Disorders department after serving as adjunct faculty for four years. She has been employed for over two decades in the public schools as a speech language pathologist and special education teacher. Welty has specialized in diagnosing and remediating communication, behavioral and social challenges of individuals diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She counts it a privilege to equip her students to become competent and compassionate speech and language pathologists.

One of Welty's deepest joys is helping those with special needs discover their unique talents and gifts as they find a place of service within the local church. In addition, Welty has a passion for missions. She has spent many summers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Germany and finds joy in visiting, praying for, and investing in those who are serving Christ world-wide.

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