ITA Program Coordinator
Liz has taught in many different capacities since graduating in 1987 from Tufts University with a BA in History and Spanish. After working for several years as an English and adult literacy instructor, Liz traveled to Brazil where she worked for a literacy program joining urban and rural teachers together to develop curriculum. Back home, her interest in literacy, pedagogy and language led her to the Department of Language in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. While doing her graduate work, she was appointed Education Fellow at International House where she set up a writing and study program for international graduate students and faculty. Liz found that her students' needs went well beyond language. Intercultural knowledge and understanding of academic culture have since occupied a prominent position in her curriculum. After graduating, she continued teaching, this time in the public schools as an ESL teacher and Reading Specialist, and later as a teacher educator. Through the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, she taught graduate seminars for teachers and administrators on-site at school districts in New Jersey and Virginia. She also served as a consultant and presenter on multicultural issues, literacy development, and teaching non-native speakers of English.
Beyond the classroom, she has worked toward building programs that foster intercultural understanding. As a high school teacher she co-founded the Human Relations Committee for students and faculty and won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a program that extended the conversation on diversity and pluralism to the larger community.
the Teaching Resource Center as the International TA Program Coordinator
in 1999. She feels very fortunate to be working with graduate students
from different parts of the world as they continue to develop their teaching
and language skills.