Dr. Hetzel specializes in literacy processes and curriculum development. Her most recent 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 public and private school teacher and administrator, as well as 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, including the 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, 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 editor for Beauty is Soul Deep: 180 Devotionals for Growing a Meaningful Inner Life (Barbour Press, 2003). Dr. Hetzel helps facilitate a tutoring partnership with La Mirada High School and has been recently been involved in four summer teaching teams to North Africa, working with Arabic and French-speaking grades 1-9 students. Dr. Hetzel has spoken for a variety of conferences, including the Oxford Round Table, Oxford University; a homeschooling conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and numerous regional conferences. She currently is an English as a Foreign Language textbook series editor for Purposeful Publications' textbooks in Colorado Springs as well as a regular writer/editor of devotionals for a variety of collections.