English Language Learners at Westford School

  • 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 are is a list of EWSD ELL staff:

    • District English Language Learner Coordinator:  Jackie Tolman
    • ELL teacher at Westford School: Magdalena Lucia
    • Nepali-speaking Liaison: Prem Bhatttarai
    • Maay-Maay/Somali-Somali Liaison: Noor Bulle

    Contact

    Jackie Tolman, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    (802) 857-2019 or jtolman@ewsd.org

    Eliane Barrett, Translation Services
    802 857 2014 or ebarrett@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.