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Kristianna Altamirano

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Health, and Physical Education

Kristianna Altamirano currently serves as an assistant professor in the kinesiology, health and physical education department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, health and physical education from Biola University, her master’s degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton and holds CSCS and CPT certifications. Altamirano began teaching for Biola as an adjunct professor in 2007 and became a full time in 2010. She is passionate about imparting her knowledge of the diverse field of kinesiology and health to her students. Altamirano, her husband Eliasar and daughters currently attend church at EvFree Fullerton.

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Dennis Eastman

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Teacher Education
  • Associate Director of Biola Youth Academics

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

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K. Erik Thoennes

  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies Theology Department

Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.

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