Esther Salinas Joins Education Faculty

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 18, 2021) – Dr. Esther Salinas joined the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an associate professor in the School of Education and Human Services.

“Esther has a variety of experiences in education. From teaching to being a principal to working in a school district office, she has seen education from many perspectives,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education and Human Services. “She helps us by teaching classes in the Division of Teacher Education and the Division of Educational, Child and Family Studies.”

Salinas completed a BS in home economics from BJU in 1985. In 1997, she earned an ME in educational technology from Azusa Pacific University. She earned an MA in educational leadership from California State University in Los Angeles in 2002. Salinas completed a EdD in educational leadership in urban school settings from the University of Southern California in 2013. She is currently working on a master of dispute resolution from the Caruso School of Law at Pepperdine University.

For almost a decade, Salinas worked at Pfeiler & Associates Engineers in Yorba Linda, California, coordinating land title and underground utility research for civil engineering projects. 

In 1995, she became a first grade teacher at Williams Elementary School in Glendora, California. For several years, she taught and then later transitioned to curriculum and instructional specialist. She also served as principal at Palm Crest Elementary School and La Canada Elementary School in California.

Salinas served as principal at four different elementary schools in California before becoming human resources director for the Burbank Unified School District serving over 14,000 students. She later served as principal of Sierra Madre School. Salinas established an Ombuds program, an independent, impartial, confidential and informal conflict resolution resource for all district and special education local plan area stakeholders for the Pasadena Unified School District in Pasadena, California. 

Most recently, she was the director of human resources at Yuba Unified School District and Ross Valley School District.

She has a variety of educational experience which includes achieving multiple teaching credentials, presenting at numerous conferences and is a member of a number of professional organizations.

Salinas, and her husband, Carlos, have one daughter who is a recent BJU graduate.

“I am both humbled and honored to join the faculty of Bob Jones University where together we challenge one another to love and good works in the respective fields to which God has called us. My prayer is that I will be a faithful steward in developing tomorrow’s Christian influencers, whom God has placed on my path today,” said Salinas. “My joy will be to see students grow in godly knowledge and wisdom, thoroughly equipped to serve where God leads them…for such a time as this.”