Dr. Wagner has experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to learners of varying proficiency levels and needs. She began her career teaching English at St. Paul’s Convent School in Hong Kong. In the United States, Dr. Wagner has worked with adult immigrants and refugees in a community ESL program, where she was also a member of the advisory board, seeking to improve the instruction and resources that could be offered to members of the community. She has also taught academic and professional presentation and discussion skills to international graduate students at Teachers College, and World Bank scholars at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Dr. Wagner also served as a student teaching supervisor, observing novice ESL teachers in their classrooms, and giving feedback on their teaching practice, classroom management, and lesson design.
In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities at GSE, Dr. Wagner is a founding member of, and faculty advisor to two free ESL programs sponsored by the ELX Division: PEDAL @ GSE (www.gse.upenn.edu/pedal) offers ESL classes to adult family members of international students, scholars, and staff at the University of Pennsylvania, and Community PEDAL offers ESL classes to the West Philadelphia community.