Dr. Hetzel is the Dean of Biola University’s School of Education, in the division in which Biola Youth Academics resides. She specializes in literacy processes and curriculum development. Dr. 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 Dr. 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).
Dr. 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, Jarkarta, Indonesia; and was the keynote at the ACSI 2014 regional conference for Christian School administrators in Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. 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.
Robin graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a B.S. in Teaching. After teaching in the public school system for three years, she opened and directed a preschool for three more years before moving to CA in 1990. Robin began homeschooling the first of her four children in 1991 with the last one graduating in 2013. She began working on obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education from Biola University in the fall of 2015.
Robin has been a Private School Satellite Program (PSP) director since 1998 working with homeschool families and students, advising and encouraging them as they navigate their way through their unique homeschool journey. She is currently Director, BYA Academics, PSP and Campus Staff.
Dr. Berding is Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology/Biola University and is the Director of Bible Fluency (biblefluency.com), a creative approach to learning the Bible. He is author of various books, some academic (such as Polycarp and Paul), some semi-academic (such as What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View), others for-the-classroom (such as Sing and Learn New Testament Greek), and still others for-the-church (such as Walking in the Spirit or Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book). He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vigiliae Christianae, New Testament Studies, and Journal of Early Christian Studies.
Before coming to Talbot, Dr. Berding was a church planter in the Middle East and taught at Nyack College just north of New York City. He has a heart for God and ministry, has written many worship songs, and has served as a worship pastor in local church ministry. His wife, Trudi, and he have been home educating at least one of their four daughters continuously for the past 20 years. Dr. Berding also writes for Biola University’s The Good Book Blog.