Aug. 10, 2020
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 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" inIntegrating 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 most recently been keynote for the ACSI Early Childhood Conference in La Mirada, CA (2019); Christian Schools International, Washington, D.C. (2019); Morrison Academy, Taichung Taiwan (2018); and the ACSI International Administrators Conference in Qawra, Malta (2014) for Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Other speaking engagements include the Oxford Round Table, Oxfordfordshire, UK; Grace Christian Schools, Chiang Mai, Thailand; and UPH International Christian Higher Education Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia. 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. Her most recent graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology has led to research related to the spiritual lives of teachers and the role of spiritual disciplines in mitigating stress and promoting flourishing.