Sarah Arva Grosik joined the ELP as a lecturer in 2009, became a Language Specialist in 2012 and was the Intensive Program Coordinator in the beginning of 2013. Sarah moved into her current position as Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction in October of 2013.
Her teaching career began in 2003, when she began teaching EFL abroad. She first served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon where she taught EFL in a secondary school and then taught EFL at an English language institute in Dalian, China. Upon returning to the United States, Sarah entered the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows program and became an ESL classroom teacher at the elementary level in the School District of Philadelphia. At this time, she also began teaching adult ESL classes at Bucks County Community College in the evenings.
Sarah received her MS Ed in TESOL in 2009 from Temple University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in TESOL at Temple University. In addition to teaching ESL courses, she has also taught teacher education courses on the foundations of teaching English language learners at Temple University. Sarah holds Pennsylvania teaching certifications in ESL, French, and elementary school and is also a certified rater of the IELTS examination.
Her professional interests include teacher training, English language learners' educational opportunities, educational policy issues, and co-teaching strategies. She has presented at several professional conferences, including the national AERA conference and the national TESOL convention. In addition, Sarah has co-authored a chapter on linguistic minority students’ access to and persistence in college and is currently conducting a mixed-methods study exploring international students' paths to university study through intensive English programs.