English Language Learners (ELLs)

  • Students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12 are provided with a comprehensive ELL Program that is staffed by highly qualified ELL teachers. These teachers focus on meeting the needs of all students in the program in two areas: becoming proficient in the English language and adjusting to the school and community culture.

    Below is a list of EWSD ELL staff:

    • District Multilingual Learner Program Coordinator: Tamara Eklof-Parks
    • ELL teacher at EES: Stephanie Segretto
    • Nepali-speaking Liaison: Prem Bhatttarai
    • Maay-Maay/Somali-Somali Liaison: Noor Bulle

    Contact

    Tamara Eklof-Parks, District Multilingual Learner Program Coordinator  
    (802) 857-2008 or tparks@ewsd.org

    Stephanie Segretto, ELL teacher at EES  
    (802) 857-2115 or ssegretto@ewsd.org  

Multilingual Learner Program

  • Students eating ice creamWelcome to the Essex Westford Multilingual Program webpage! You may have noticed the updated name of the Multilingual Program. Students in the Multilingual Program are now “Multilingual Learners” (ML)  rather than “English Learners” (EL). The term “Multilingual Learner” recognizes that multilingualism is something to grow and celebrate.

    Our Mission

    The Essex Westford School District ensures that all multilingual learners have access to a quality education that prepares them for college, career, and beyond. The mission of the Multilingual Program is to provide high-quality public education for multilingual learners by valuing and encouraging multilingualism, building community, and using best practices for multilingual learners in the classroom. 

    Our History

    The multilingual family community in the Essex Westford School District has steadily grown to approximately 225 multilingual students receiving services or being monitored in preschool to 12th grade.