November 2, 2016

St. Ambrose University Staff

INTERLINK teachers are selected for their knowledge and competence in the field of ESL, their extensive cross-cultural experience, and their unqualified commitment to their students. The curriculum is a guide intended to provide needed structure and consistency and is formulated to allow teachers maximum freedom and control of their classes. Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of methods and approaches to mold their classes in accordance with their personal pedagogical outlooks, the needs of the particular individuals in the class, and the fundamental principles and goals of INTERLINK.

Giselle Robitaille, Director

Giselle’s experience with INTERLINK began as a competitively selected Teaching Fellow at Al-Yamamah University in 2009 while she completed SIT Graduate Institute’s M.A. in Teaching ESOL. As an English Language Fellow with the U.S. State Department in Madagascar for two years, she directed the creation of and supervised a national, secondary public school English language curriculum. She has conducted teacher training for employees of the Madagascar Education Ministry and participated in the selection of applicants to the Young African Leaders Initiative. She led an English language school initiative for new immigrants to Canada and has been an advocate for refugees. In addition to Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Madagascar, she taught English language in Morocco. Ensuring an environment of optimal learning and commitment to the needs of learners are key to her work.

 allison-kerr-headshot Allison Kerr, Administrative Assistant

Allison (Alli) is native to Eastern Iowa and has strong roots in the Quad Cities. She graduated from St. Ambrose University in May 2017 and gained experience working with international students while working at the Center for International Education at SAU. Having recently graduated from St. Ambrose, Alli is excited to share her knowledge of SAU and the Quad Cities with INTERLINK students. She has volunteered two years of AmeriCorps service working with at-risk youth in the Quad Cities. This experience, as well as her studies at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, London, have sparked Alli’s passion for culture and service. Alli enjoys connecting students to various resources to ensure they get the most out of their time in the INTERLINK program and at SAU. Alli appreciates INTERLINK’s unique, holistic approach to education and its dedication to their students’ success beyond the INTERLINK program.

liza-fate Elizabeth Fate, Instructor

Liza has been an instructor with INTERLINK Language Centers since 2012. She taught for three years at the INTERLINK Center at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and one year with an INTERLINK program in Saudi Arabia. She is happy to now be teaching in her home state of Iowa. Liza received her MA in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. She completed her BA in Modern Languages, including a study abroad experience in Spain, and has since had many experiences working with people of diverse backgrounds. In addition to teaching with INTERLINK, other experiences include: teaching at a preschool for children of homeless families in Washington, DC, working at a public school in Iowa, and interning at an Intensive English Program in Massachusetts. Liza enjoys teaching at INTERLINK for its commitment to student-centered learning and its authentic approach to successfully preparing students for academic life in the US.

Nick P. Cooper, Instructor

Nick P. Cooper is an ESL instructor at INTERLINK at St. Ambrose. He has just completed two years teaching in Singapore. He was raised in Libya and Indonesia and attended international schools. While earning his MA in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute, he taught adult literacy to refugees in New Hampshire. With sixteen years classroom experience, he has taught in the Indian pueblos in the deserts of New Mexico, ESL high school students in the mountains of California, and children and adults in the metropolis of Jakarta.

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