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GSTEP Staff Bios

Jan Ferrara will earn her M.A. in Applied Linguistics this spring. She was an IEP tutor for three semesters. Before beginning at GSU, she worked in the TV industry as a video editor, field audio technician, and traffic producer. She lives in Decatur with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, Jan loves to travel, watch hockey and football, spend time with family and friends, and take part in water sports. She has also volunteered with refugee organizations in Atlanta, and is especially interested in their language needs.

As GSTEP Testing Coordinator, Sarah Goodwin is responsible for coordinating test administration. Sarah has worked on the GSTEP since August 2010. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University, and she holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from GSU and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She worked with the University of Michigan English Language Institute for over six years as an ESL/EFL composition rater and research assistant in language assessment, and she has taught ESL courses at GSU and with volunteer programs in Georgia and Michigan. Sarah's research interests include language testing, second language listening, and second language writing.

Thomas Hardy started working with GSTEP in January of 2013. Thomas is currently a senior undergraduate Applied Linguistics student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, a German language minor, and a TEFL Certificate. His interests lie in Second Language Acquisition, Historical Linguistics, and Cognitive Linguistics. He volunteers at the ESL program at the Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church.

Ju A Hwang began working with GSTEP in August 2012. She holds an MA degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has a certificate in teaching English in Korea. Before joining the department, she taught various levels of students in universities, private institutes, and a middle school. In Korea, she taught English conversation, TOEFL writing, TOEIC speaking, and TOEIC reading and listening courses. She also taught an English academic writing course at a university in Thailand. She is interested in researching English writing, specifically related to its pedagogy, assessment, and teacher education.