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October 2017 Newsletter

Nov 9, 2017

In This Issue

  1. A Word from Our Dean
  2. Educators' Lecture Series
  3. Chapels
  4. Faculty Introductions
  5. SOE Reunion 2018
  6. Did You Know...
  7. Alumni Spotlight
  8. Read More


A Word from our Dean

Thanks for reaching the Biola University School of Education newsletter. This will be your go-to source for SOE news, events and features. In this letter, look for information on upcoming SOE Chapels, Info Sessions, Online Grad Programs and a special Alumni Spotlight.

We're grateful you're in the SOE community, and look forward to connecting with you soon!

For God's glory,




June Hetzel, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education



Educators' Lecture Series

Join fellow educators for Biola's Fall 2017 Educator's Lecture Series!
Designed with teachers and administrators in mind, come hear from experts on our two topics this year: classroom management and striving for more inclusive classrooms. Space is limited; $20 admission.

Both Saturday lectures will be held at Biola University. Click the register link for more information about each event.


October 21, 2017, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Business 103

Peeling back the multifaceted layers of misbehavior in the classroom to cultivate an effective learning environment.

Mickie Wong-Lo, Ph.D., BCBA




Dennis Eastman, Ph.D.




Register now


November 4, 2017, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Talbot East 11 (Andrews Banquet Room)

A Christian view of education that fully embraces students who are academically disenfranchised, culturally diverse, and economically challenged.

Vernard T. Gant, D.Min., ACSI



Register now



School of Education Department Chapels — Chapel credit provided

Join us for a time of worship and testimonies from educators who have demonstrated compassion and conviction in classrooms with diverse populations, cultures, races, genders and value systems.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
9:30–10:30 a.m. | Cafe Banquet Room
Speaker: Tolulope Noah, Ed.D.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:30–10:30 a.m. | Cafe Banquet Room
Worship and Prayer Chapel



Faculty Introductions

Mickie Wong-Lo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Wong-Lo comes to Biola University from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, she completed her doctoral studies in special education with a specialization on emotional/behavior disorders and juvenile deliquency at the University of North Texas.

Prior to entering the field of higher education, she worked as a behavioral training coordinator and consultant for private and public education/mental health facilities in Texas. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Preventing School Failure, Journal of Gang Research and Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners.

As an advocate for safe schools and mental health, her research focus surrounds issues on cyberbullying, gang crime analysis, violence in schools as well as behavioral and function-based assessments/interventions. 

Dr. Wong-Lo, her husband (Alex), and dog (Brownie) recently moved to California from Chicago. They are greatly humbled by God’s call to serve His purposes at Biola University as well as the surrounding communities in California.

Dr. Robin LaBarbera, Director of Special Education, and the entire education faculty and staff are delighted to welcome Mickie to our team.



SOE Reunion 2018

Join us on Saturday, April 28, 2018 for the School of Education reunion. Spread the word!

Details forthcoming.






Did You Know...

You can earn an M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction and Publication online in four semesters? This program is designed for highly motivated teachers to increase mastery of curriculum methodology, pedagogy, and theoretical applications.

Earn a Master of Science in Curriculum, Instruction and Publication
In our program, you will apply the skills you are learning to your current teaching environment and become a writer, editor, or resource person for a curriculum development.

Call now for an appointment: Robbie Goforth, 562-944-0351 x3006

Find out more



Alumni Spotlight

Koryn Parker's Journey of Faith through Education

Since graduating Biola in 2002, God has brought me on a journey of faith and growth. I married my husband (Stephen Parker, '99) in the middle of my senior year and started teaching immediately following my student teaching course. I taught Kindergarten in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District for four years until our first daughter, Sydney, was born.

The following five years I was able to job share while I had two more kids, Ben (9) and Isaac (8). Although it was a HUGE blessing to job share, God used that time to mold me as a mother and teacher and brought me out of my comfort zone by sending me to four different schools, each time with a new partner teacher, switching back and forth between kinder and first grade. During this time, I learned a lot about different school atmospheres, cultures and teaching practices.

Times of Transition
When my oldest daughter was Kindergarten age, I took an opportunity to move into the private school realm. It was another time of transition and learning about the Christian school culture, and through it, God allowed me to be able to be the Kindergarten teacher to two of my own children. As a private school educator, I learned to integrate my faith in a totally new way and also learned how to be a school mom and teacher at the same time.

In the summer of 2013, while I was preparing my classroom for another school year ahead, I heard God speak to my heart. He said, “Hold it all loosely.” Little did I know that two months later, He would direct me to change jobs and enter into preschool administration. During my last year as an elementary teacher, I went back to school for preschool permits with three school-aged children and a Chinese exchange student at home.

As I managed a preschool, I watched God hone my passion for kinder- to early-elementary-age children and curriculum. I stumbled through learning what a great administrator looks like, while leaning on Jesus and my family as my sources of strength. I was all set to stay at my current position and watch my children grow at that campus, until I heard God tell me that it was time to move. It wasn’t in a soft whisper, but through tough administrative differences that God got a hold of my heart. I served my last day there in February 2017.

A Minute-by-Minute Faith
And now? Now, I am living by faith. God continues to open up doors I never knew were possible and I am so excited to see where I am going next. Is it easy? Absolutely not! Faith is a minute-by-minute decision and Satan is always ready to burden you with feelings of insecurity and being “not enough”—but the benefits of waiting on Jesus have already far outweighed any of my own concrete plans.

We are walking through this adventure as a family, and my children are learning the same thing I am. God is faithful. Answers will come. Trust and obey.

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