American Culture and English Program (ACE)

Meet your program directors

Sara Bembenek-Saborio

Credentials: BBA, Marketing and TESOL Certification, UW–Madison

Position title: Assistant Director

Sara Bembenek-Saborio is an Assistant Director for Visiting International Student Program.  She has been an ESL/EFL instructor for more than 16 years.  She strives to provide students with maximum engagement with the language while in class to build both their confidence and their fluency.  For VISP-Noncredit, she primarily focuses on English curriculum design and instruction for all programs, as well as outreach to UW staff and the community for student engagement. Sara has both worked and recently lived in Costa Rica.

Jing Xu

Credentials: MA, International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University

Position title: Assistant Director

Jing Xu is the assistant director of the Visiting International Student Program. She is a trilingual international education professional with experience in K-12 and higher education settings. For over 10 years, Jing has produced, recruited, taught and overseen short-term educational programs, events, conferences and summits for 4000 students and professionals from over 20 countries in the world.


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