Meet the Faculty
Elizabeth Yomantas, Ph.D. candidate
Director of Clinical Practice and Instructor of Teacher Education
Elizabeth is a Ph.D. candidate in education at Chapman University with her dissertation entitled "Curricular Modernity and Traditionalism in Rural Fiji." She earned her master's degree in American Studies, her bachelor's degree in English, and her single subject teaching credential from Pepperdine University. Prior to beginning her work at Pepperdine, Elizabeth was a classroom teacher at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. In addition to teaching English, she developed curriculum and traveled internationally on educational and service trips with middle school students. Her current dissertation research in rural Fijian schools examines hidden curriculum and narratives of teaching as a tool to both preserve and protect the cultural past while moving into a modernized future. Elizabeth's additional research interests include international education, critical pedagogy, and culturally responsive curricula.