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Rachel Adams Goertel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education; Director, Elyon Program



  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., English: Composition & TESOL
  • School for International Training, M.A., Teaching: TESOL
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Sociology

New York Public School Certifications:

  • English, 7-12
  • ESOL, K-12


Rachel Adams Goertel was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from Bishop Kearney High School. She taught K-12 English and ESL for 12 years in CA and NY, after which she pursued her doctorate in English: Composition and TESOL. Rachel’s scholarly work focuses on linguistics and second language acquisition. Rachel is an amateur ornithologist, loves to read historical fiction, and can often be found fishing with her husband, James, and their young son, Henry.

University Teaching Experience

  • English, TESOL Education Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University, Erie, PA
  • English, TESOL Lecturer, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
  • English Instructor, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • ESOL Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Public School Teaching Experience

  • English 7-9 & ESOL K-12, Elmira City School District, Elmira, NY
  • English 9-12 & ES)L K-12, Jamestown Public School District, Jamestown, NY
  • ES)L 7-9, Havenscourt Middle School, Oakland, CA

Courses Taught at Roberts:

  • EDU 185 - Education in a Changing World
  • EDU 358 - Language & Literacy for ELLs (grades 1-6)
  • EDU 359 - Language & Literacy for ELLs (grades 7-12)
  • EDU 382 - TESOL Methods
  • EDUC 5215/5225 - Research I: Literature Review
  • EDUC 6211/6221 - Research II: Master’s Project
  • EDUC5216/5221 - Social Foundations of Education