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International Teaching Assistant Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Gillstrom joined the English Language Programs as a lecturer in January 2010 where she taught a variety of courses in the Intensive Program. Ms. Gillstrom was then promoted to her current position of ITA program coordinator in June of 2011.

Prior to teaching at Penn, Ms. Gillstrom taught English at Grand Valley State University, where she also acted as the IELTS administrator. She moved to Philadelphia to pursue her TESOL degree, and served as an English instructor at Drexel University ELC in the meanwhile. She has also taught English abroad in Kolkata, India, and Chachapoyas, Peru. Additionally, Ms. Gillstrom has worked as a rater for Educational Testing Services and been published in Linguistics and Education.

Ms. Gillstrom received her Bachelor’s in English language and literature from Kalamazoo College in Michigan in 2007. She graduated from the Graduate School of Education at Penn with her MS.Ed in TESOL in 2011.

Her professional interests include language testing, teacher training, and classroom discourse and interaction.