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TESOL Faculty

Meet the Faculty

GSEP's MA in TESOL faculty holds degrees from some of the most prestigious universities. They are accomplished professional scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, scholarly credentials, and educational experience. All GSEP faculty offer an important balance between theory and practice in a practitioner-based curriculum.


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Kevin M. Wong, PhD

Program Chair

Dr. Kevin M. Wong is an Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of the MA in TESOL Program in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Wong draws from his biracial, multilingual upbringing in Hong Kong to examine language learning among children, with a particular interest in new language learning and heritage language maintenance. 


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Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, EdD

Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Miyake-Trapp has over a decade of experience in K-12 public schools. She has taught middle school and continuation high school in both urban and suburban settings, coached new teachers, and designed professional development workshops focused on meeting the needs of linguistically and ethnically diverse learners. 


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Weina Li Chen, PhD

Visiting Instructor

Dr. Chen currently teaches in the MA in TESOL and MS in Leadership programs. Her academic backgrounds are in global leadership and change, educational psychology, and management. With about a decade of teaching experience to students of all ages, Dr. Chen found particular passions in educational technologies, learning design, online and hybrid learning, world language learning, and teacher leadership in the classroom. 


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Maria Wright, EdD

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Maria Wright is currently the Director of GSEP Talent Management and Adjunct Professor for Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). As a student affairs administrator, she has extensive experience in Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Enrollment Services, Academic Affairs, course and program development and instruction, and special projects in higher education. 


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Jacobo Coronel

Adjunct Faculty

Jacobo Coronel is an adjunct professor of education in the MAT and TESOL departments. He has several years of experience working with students of all ages, from elementary students to graduate students. He is most passionate about working with Emergent Bilinguals and currently works as an ELD teacher in Los Angeles.