Sara Vroom Fick, M.A.

Instructor of Education
On Faculty since 2013

Phone: (630)752-5665


Ph.D. (in process) Literacy, Language and Culture, University of Illinois at Chicago

M.A., Intercultural Studies and TESOL, Wheaton College, 2012

B.A., ESL Education and Bible, University of Northwestern-St.Paul, St. Paul, MN, 2000

About Sara Vroom Fick

Sara comes to Wheaton after 13 years as an English as Second Language instructor at the middle and high school levels.  She started her career in St. Paul, MN teaching immigrant and refugee students at a public high school.  She then served as a missionary teacher at the International Christian School of Vienna in Austria.  There she was able to develop and implement an intensive content-based beginner program for the middle and high school levels.  For the last 3 years at ICSV, she was the director of the k-12 ESL program and teacher trainer.

In both locations, she worked in highly multi-cultural and multi-lingual classrooms.  This developed her interest in culture’s impact on classroom dynamics and native language development.  At Wheaton, she looks forward to continuing her own study in these areas as well as sharing that knowledge and journey with a new group of students.  She is excited to help build the ESL Endorsement program and encourage a new generation of teachers to consider the roles of language and culture in the classroom. 

In addition to her professional interests, she enjoys traveling, theater, and creative sewing projects.  She also enjoys finding the perfect spots for various national cuisines and is currently on the hunt for some good Ethiopian food in the west suburbs.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 136 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • EDUC 136L Cross-Cultural Tutoring Practicum
  • LING 222 English Grammar for Teachers 
  • LING 224 Theoretical Foundations of TESOL
  • LING 326 ELL Methods and Materials
  • Student Teaching Supervision


  • Native language development
  • Language and identity
  • Culture’s impact on classroom dynamics
  • Language Policy Development
  • Content based language education

Membership in Professional Societies

  • TESOL International Association
  • Literacy Research Association
  • Illinois TESOL-Bilingual Education
  • Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Education


Vroom, S., Machado, E., & Park, J. (December, 2015). Biliteracy development in multilingual general education classrooms. Symposium presented at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Carlsbad, CA.

Jonas, S. & Vroom, S. (December, 2015). Socio-emotional learning for refugees: Yale's RULER curriculum and gender. Research presented at the Illinois Association for Multilingual Multicultural Education Conference, Oak Brook, IL.

Seaman, A. & Vroom, S. (March 2015). Techniques for teaching English to younger children throughout the world. Research presented at the International TESOL Convention, Toronto, ON.

Seaman, A. & Vroom, S. (2014). Cross-cultural perspectives on teaching English as a foreign language to children: A multinational survey. In TESOL Journal.

Vroom, S. (April, 2014) Being a bridge: Using ESL to connect the cultures of your students and native English speakers. ESL Ministry Conference, Chicago, IL

Vroom, S. & Seaman, A. (2014). Passport to adventure: Explore. In Passport to adventure: Wonder, imagine, discover, and explore levels. Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design Press.

Vroom, S. & Seaman, A. (March, 2014). Writing and recording original audio tracks for authentic listening. International TESOL Convention, Portland, Oregon.

Vroom, S. (April, 2013). Incorporating worldview into English language teaching. ESL Ministry Conference, Wheaton, Illinois.

Vroom, S. (August, 2012). Lesson planning and vocabulary instruction. EFL Teachers' Conferences, Surabaya and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Markely, H., Pierson, C., Sappington, K., & Vroom, S. (2012). Writing skills: Exploring cultural influences and classroom applications. Illinois TESOL-BE State Convention.

Markely, H., Sappington, K., & Vroom, S. (2012). Writing skills: Exploring cultural influences and classroom applications, ITBE Link, Spring 2012.

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