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Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education

The department offers programs which are innovative, accredited and promote excellence in the educational field. It’s programs are committed to the teaching of social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogies. It also recognizes the value of working with diverse populations, and is dedicated to the equity and excellence of all students. Our programs prepare those wanting to become elementary (K-8), highschool (9-12), or special education teachers. It also offers graduate level coursework leading to a master’s degree, advanced credentials, and certificates.

Our teaching credential programs include three (3) preliminary  teaching credential programs: Multiple Subject,  Single Subject, and an Education Specialist. The department also offers a Bilingual Spanish or Hmong Authorization and a Certificate of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Studies in Secondary Schooling.

At the graduate level, the LEBSE Department offers a Master of Arts program in Education with an option in Multilingual Multicultural Education, a Masters of Arts in Reading It also offers a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with an advanced credential and a Master of Arts in Special Education

Department Vision, Mission and Beliefs


To empower education professionals, schools, and communities.


The mission of the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education is to engage and holistically support our teacher candidates and graduate students in developing competencies, knowledge, and resources to equitably serve our broader communities.


  1. We believe in inclusive education and that all means all students.
  2. We believe our diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, languages, and literacies are assets.
  3. We believe in creating developmentally appropriate educational experiences that encourage development of the whole person through deep questioning, research, and reflection.
  4. We believe in the discovery and advancement of new knowledge through collaborative inquiry, innovation, and research.
  5. We believe in engaging our broader communities as partners to maintain open communication, build trust, and foster relationships with students, educators, and families.

You’re invited to visit the faculty webpages to learn more about the LEBSE Department faculty and their professional interests. For more information about the department, please contact the Department Chair and/or the Department Administrative Support Coordinator via phone or email.

Contact Us

  • Visit Us: Education Building ED 250
  • Mailing Address: 5005 N. Maple Ave. M/S ED202, Fresno, CA 93740-8025
  • Department Chair:  Imelda Basurto, 559.278.0285 | 


  • Have a question, read our Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheet (link) for an answer!

Meet Our Faculty

    • Interested in teaching for the LEBSE Department? Click here if you are! 
  • Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Name Title Email
Imelda Basurto Professor, Department Chair and Coordinator, Single Subject Credential Program 
Lisa Bennett Associate Professor 
Monica Billen Associate Professor 
Feiyan Chen Associate Professor 
Kimberly Coy Associate Professor 
Domingues, Mixchel Assistant Professor

William Garnett Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Special Education Graduate Program 
Steve Hart Professor and Sanger Professor in Residency 
Heather Horsley Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Residency Programs 
Teresa Huerta Associate Professor and Coordinator, Multilingual Multicultural Education Graduate Program Coordinator 
David Low Associate Professor 
Michael Mahoney Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Education Specialist
Lindsay Meeker Assistant Professor

Dana Powell (Retiree) Professor 
Kristina Rios Assistant Professor and Clovis Professor in Residency 
Tony Vang (Retiree) Associate Professor 
Juliet Wahleithner Associate Professor and Director of Educator Preparation and Accreditation 
Pei-Ying Wu Assistant Professor and Fansler Chair, Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center 

Vicky Xiong-Lor

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty

Name Title Email
  • Part-Time Faculty

Name Title Email
Jill Bonds Lecturer

Suzanne Brandl Lecturer 
Josefa Bustos-Pelayos Lecturer

Eric Calderon-Phangrath Lecturer/Coach

Thea Fabian Lecturer

Jessica Galvan Lecturer

Maria Goff Lecturer

Janeen Goreen Lecturer

Ashley Henderson Lecturer

Christina Macias Lecturer/Kerman Professor in Residency 
Mathew Scott Merrill Lecturer

Lisa McPhetridge Lecturer 
Debbie Parra-Gardner Lecturer

Chai Phannaphob Lecturer

Nancy Perez Lecturer

Joshua Salinas Lecturer

Sandra Richardson Lecturer 
Chrystal Swart Lecturer

Vang Thao Lecturer

Lisa Thompkins-Gellets Lecturer/Coach

Maria Valdez Lecturer

Jeannette Vestal Lecturer 
Gladys Villanueva Lecturer/Madera Professor In Residency

Nancy Walker Lecturer 
Kathy Wandler Lecturer 
Xueyan Yang Lecture/Coach

Ellen Youssef Lecturer 

Karla Dyar

Clinica Practice Coach

Deborah Folmer

Clinical Practice Coach 

Shelley Franco

Clinical Practice Coach 

Patricia Lewis

Clinical Practice Coach 

Sharon Malang

Clinical Practice Coach

Sina Shamp

Clinical Practice Coach

Geoffrey Tiftick

Clinical Practice Coach