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Dr. Lilia C. DiBello

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Lilia C. DiBello

"No one can take away the knowledge you gain from studying and learning – stay focused and diligent about completing what you start."

Degrees Held:

  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction – Florida International University, 2001
  • MS in Reading/Language Arts – Early Childhood – Florida International University, 1995
  • BA in Psychology with Early Childhood Education – Tulane University, 1989

Career Highlights:

Dr. Lilia DiBello is an associate professor in the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She currently serves as associate dean for the curriculum, pedagogy and research unit. This unit includes the BS (with MS option) in education program, the Montessori graduate programs, the MS in Exceptional Student Education, the MS in Reading, the MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction programs. Dr. DiBello is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).

Dr. DiBello co-edited the special theme edition of a childhood education journal, which focused on school readiness and pre-kindergarten programs. She has an interest in teacher preparation, specifically early childhood professional development and her research has focused on self-regulated learning, technology in the early childhood classroom, and the education of Hispanic Americans. In 2012 she co-authored Hispanic/Latino American Families in the United States: An Introduction for Educators and Care Providers.

Dr. DiBello serves on the United Way Center for Excellence advisory board and the board of the YWCA of Miami.

In which online degree programs do you teach?

MS in C&I – Early and Middle Childhood Education

MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Math Education

MS in Reading

Which classes do you teach online?

EDU 633: Pedagogical Principles and Practices, EDU 607: Beginning Reading for the Primary Years

What do you want students to take away from your courses?

Nelson Mandela is credited with saying that "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." I aim for students to develop a love of lifelong learning, and I believe this passion for learning will make a difference.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching because I love working with children. Over time, I realized that I appreciated the mentor/mentee relationship and I could make a bigger difference if I shifted my focus to teacher education, where I could also research the impact of interventions.

What advice would you give to students considering an online program?

No one can take away the knowledge you gain from studying and learning – stay focused and diligent about completing what you start.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?

Great teachers have a passion for teaching. They love children and they reflect upon their role in engaging learners. Ultimately, this will require creativity, knowledge of the subject area, and someone willing to create a sense of community and belonging for all students in their classroom.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in administration face today?

The greatest challenge in education today is finding highly qualified teachers and attaining the funding necessary to keep them in order to ensure the delivery of high-quality programs.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I enjoy traveling and getting to visit schools and teachers around the world.

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