René Mendel Lebsock

Instructor of Education
Bartch Hall, Room 118


M.A., Fresno Pacific University, 1993
B.A., Fresno Pacific University, 1984

Scholarly Interests

  • Reading and writing development
  • Early literacy
  • Effective teaching practices

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Teacher of Writing, 1988, Fresno Area Council of Teachers of English

Professional Affiliations

National Council of Teachers of English

Personal Experiences

I have been active in education for over 20 years. As a classroom teacher, I taught kindergarten and first grade. I also established, The Reading Connection, a tutoring business for grades K-12 and developed a widely used video entitled, "A Class of Authors." The video shows my class of pre-first graders as they engage in meaningful writing experiences.

I have also been involved in children's ministry for many years, first at Fresno Evangelical Free Church and now at Northwest Church.

For the past 11 years, I have been a faculty mentor and instructor for FPU's teacher education courses. In 2006, I became a full-time faculty member.

Publications and Presentations

  • "Does speeding make good reading?" in FPU Scholars Speak, March 25, 2008
  • "Why Don't Some Children Love to Read," in The Fresno Bee, 2007
  • "Why doesn't my child like to read?" in FPU Scholars Speak, Sept. 17, 2007
  • "A Comparison of Oral and Written Language," master's thesis, 1993