Nicholas Block (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)
After beginning his career in education as a science teacher in Bogotá, Colombia in 1984, Nick Block (PhD, Claremont Graduate University; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; Teaching Credential, Simpson University; BA, Stanford University) has worked most of his years in the U.S. as a public school teacher in grades three to five, in a variety of language settings. While concerned with all subject areas, in his teaching in East Los Angeles he most recently concentrated on issues of vocabulary development as a basis for reading comprehension and writing growth. At Biola, Block has taught in the Clear Credential, graduate, and undergraduate programs. He has as mainly taught courses in philosophy of education, academic writing, research methods, and multicultural education. Now with the implementation of the Common Core Standards, he feels that there is even greater urgency for improved teaching supported by sound research in these areas, especially for English learners. Past research in dual language education as well as decades of experience as a bilingual educator (including 26 years in Montebello Unified School District) contribute to his concern that students grow as expert users of language. In addition to his work in K-12 schooling and teacher preparation as an adjunct at CSU Long Beach, Block has been involved in theological education in Los Angeles, Colombia, and Rwanda. Whether supporting new teachers in teaching words or new pastors in teaching the Word, his greatest desire is to help others to be fruitful in their calling.
Cara Salazar (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States)
Cara Salazar (PhD, Biola University, currently pursuing; MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design; BA, University of North Florida) is a clinical assistant professor of strategic communication at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. For more than a decade, she has served as a corporate communicator in the healthcare and higher education industries, specializing in creative media strategies, digital content promotion, internal communication, and advocacy awareness. Her award-winning writing has been featured in ModernHealthcare, Inc.com, Becker’s Hospital Review, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She has also led integrated health marketing campaigns for The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), The University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
June Hetzel (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)
June Hetzel, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. She currently serves as the Dean of Education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Dr. Hetzel has served in public, private, homeschooling, and international educational settings. She is passionate about the role of the Christian educator to live a Spirit-led life in right relationship with God and others, and the centrality of the gospel message as the central hope of all educational endeavors.
David Costillo (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)
David Costillo, MA (M.A., Talbot School of Theology) serves as both Recruiting and Community Relations Coordinator for Biola University’s School of Education, Director of Advancement with The Leadership Institute, and is a spiritual director.
Lorena Vidaurre (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)
Lorena Vidaurre (Ph.D., Biola University, School of Education) serves as the Chair of Liberal Studies and Director of Early Childhood at Biola University’s School of Education and has received specialized training in spiritual warfare. p>
Alysson Tailon (Church Resources Ministries, Anaheim, California, United States)
Alysson Taillon (M.A., Talbot School of Theology) serves the global community through Church Resource Ministries and is trained as a spiritual director.
Robin Longinow (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)
Robin Longinow (M.A., Biola University, School of Education) teaches in Biola Youth Academics and the Special Education Department of the School of Education at Biola University and is trained as an Certified Dyslexia Therapist.
Robin LaBarbera (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)
Robin LaBarbera (Ph.D., Biola University, School of Education) directs the Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate Online Credential Program at Biola University and serves as Associate Professor of Special Education.
Ben Nworie is a professor of special education with over thirty years of research, teaching, and administrative experiences from K-12 to college. He holds a PhD in Special Education, with Clinical Psychology as a second area of emphasis. Dr. Nworie also holds two doctorate degrees in Theology. His most recent faculty positions have been at the schools of education at Azusa Pacific University and Biola University in the Los Angeles area of California. He is the author of Critical and Enduring Issues in Special Education and Integrating Faith and Special Education.
Glen Kinoshita (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)
Glen Kinoshita (B.A. Biola University, M. Div. Talbot School of Theology), is currently the Director of Imago Dei Initiatives at Biola University. Through his current role, Glen seeks to enhance Intercultural awareness and competence for faculty, staff and student leaders across the Biola campus. Glen has been engaged in diversity in Higher Education for the past 25 years. He is the founder and current Director of the national Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR) and presents on diversity related topics to various Christian organizations, conferences, and Christian Colleges and Universities across the country. Glen is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Biola University where he teaches classes on race and ethnicity in America.