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Elena received her Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from Purdue University and her master’s degree in TESOL from Brigham Young University. Prior to coming to Utah State University, she taught ESL both in academic and community contexts and university composition courses both for domestic and international students. Her research interests include second language writing, multimodal interaction, interpersonal aspects of language teaching, and teacher professional development. Outside of her life in academia, she enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing.