Dr. Pomerantz is a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where she teaches courses in language pedagogy, academic discourse socialization, and intercultural communication. She is the founder and director of the GSE Writing Coach program, which provides individualized writing support to international students who use English as an additional language. At Penn, Dr. Pomerantz collaborates with both the Penn Language Center and the Lauder Institute to organize and lead professional development opportunities for language teachers in the Philadelphia region and around the world, including the annual Penn-Lauder Summer Institute on Learning a Second Language for Business Communication. In addition, she designs and teaches workshops for area school districts struggling to meet the academic, linguistic, and social needs of immigrant children and families. She is a member of the Plurilingualism in Education Research Group in Catalonia, Spain and the recipient of a 2011 Catalan Ministry of Education grant to study immigrant education.
Prior to teaching at Penn GSE, Dr. Pomerantz was an instructor of Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania and served as the coordinator of the department’s elementary and intermediate language programs. She has also taught English as a second language (ESL) to adults and children in a variety of educational and community settings. Her first position as a language educator was at the Hudson School in Hoboken, NJ, where she taught Spanish and Latin to middle school students. After completing her bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University, Dr. Pomerantz earned her master’s degree in TESOL and doctoral degree in Educational Linguistics, both from Penn GSE.