Experts on "Literacy"

June Hetzel

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

June Hetzel 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. She recently finished editing a PreK–6 textbook series for English Learners, Passport to Adventure (Purposeful Design Publications, 2014), and co-authored a chapter for Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision (2014). Her most recent trade book, The Literacy Gaps: Building Bridges for English Language Learners and Standard English Learners (Corwin Press, 2009), was co-authored with Ivannia Soto-Hinman of Whittier College. 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 2014 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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Claire Sibold

  • Professor Emerita

Dr. Claire Sibold specializes in literacy for both elementary and secondary levels, curriculum development, children's literature and writing of credential documents for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A former teacher and editor, she has published numerous articles in journals and yearbooks including Innovative Learning Strategies, Today's Evangelizing Child, ASCD journal, and the Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook, and has published chapters in books on study skills and adult literacy and continuing education. Her career experience includes both public and private school teaching in Washington and Arizona, teaching at Arizona State University, serving as an editor with CTB/ McGraw-Hill, serving as a mentor teacher and teaching in Hong Kong. She has served on review panels for early intervention grants, the California Reading Initiative, National Council on Reading and RICA standards for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Dr. Sibold presents workshops and sessions at the Association of Christian Schools International, the International Reading Association, regional and state conferences, and school in-services. In addition, she has served as a manuscript reviewer for Houghton Mifflin and Addison Wesley Longman Publishers and several refereed journals for the International Reading Association. She is an Oxford University Round Table member and has appeared for many years in Who's Who in Education and most recently in Who's Who Among Professionals and Executives; she was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Award. Dr. Sibold and her family attend Mariners Church in Irvine. While Dr. Sibold calls Southern California home, she is originally from Seattle, Wash.

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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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