Our Founder and Faculty Advisor

Office: EBA 255

Dr. Virginia Loh- Hagan

Founder and Faculty Advisor

Educate yourself, Educate others. 

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan proudly leads the Liberal Studies program at San Diego State University. She’s also the Clinical Practice Experiences Coordinator for SDSU’s School of Teacher Education (STE) and the Founder/Faculty Advisor of Aztecs for Education.

She is the 2016 recipient of California Reading Association’s Marcus Foster Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in reading. She has also served as the Three Semester Block (3SB) credential program leader and a faculty member.

Prior to working at SDSU, she was a K-8 teacher, community college reading instructor, and program chair for an online university. She has a wide range of experiences in the public school, online learning, and higher education/ teacher preparation settings.

She has a B.A. in English and a Masters in Elementary Education (K-8) and Special Education, specializing in Learning Disabilities (K-12), from the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, she received the “Outstanding Woman Scholar in Education” award. She earned her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Literacy from SDSU-USD in May 2008; her dissertation—for which she received a ChLA Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant award from the Children’s Literature Association and for which she has published peer-reviewed articles and conducted presentations—was a qualitative study on the cultural authenticity of Asian-American children’s literature. She is also a multi-published author; she has over 200 books with Sleeping Bear Press, Cherry Lake Publishing/45th Parallel Press, and StarWalk Media.

She has several academic publications about children and young adult literature with Guilford Press and various professional journals. She presents/keynotes at professional conferences and conducts author visits at schools across the country. She has served on the Literature List Update Committee for the California Department of Education and is serving on various book award committees (NAPPA and Eureka). She is the Cover Editor and Book Nook columnist for The California Reader, the premier professional journal for the California Reading Association.

She is an alumna of the San Diego Area Writing Project. She currently lives in North County San Diego with one low-maintenance husband and 2 high-maintenance dogs. Hobbies include reading, playing piano, swimming with her snorkel mask, watching TV, and crocheting.

Learn more at: www.virginialoh.com