ESOL/Migrant Services

We Strive to Empower Students to Realize Their Full Potential as Global Citizens Through:

A Culture of Valuing All Learners of Language

We believe that all students are learners of language. Content area teaching includes targeted language instruction within core practice. We build upon the rich linguistic diversity of our learners.

Cultural Awareness, Competency and Respect

We respect and are responsive to the cultural backgrounds of our students and their families. We provide professional learning to build cultural competence and culturally relevant practices.

A Culture of High Expectations

We promote high expectations for academic achievement for all students regardless of language and cultural background. Attention to language development provides access to the knowledge and skills required for all students to become independent, life-long learners. Highly qualified educators are recruited and retained to realize this goal.

A Culture of Effective Professional Learning

We offer research-based, high-leverage professional learning to address program, teacher and student growth. Participants become active members of their professional learning community. Ongoing professional learning will include language acquisition theory, knowledge of the instructional core, effective pedagogical strategies and collaborative practice.

A Culture of Inclusion and Learning

We build stakeholder capacity to create an effective and sustainable system in which every student has access to an equitable and inclusive educational experience. This includes program models that provide appropriate accommodations and scaffolding throughout all facets of the educational experience. Students and their families are engaged as equal partners.

A Culture of Shared Responsibility for Language Development

We promote the collective responsibility for student language development. This requires a shared commitment to ongoing assessment of student language proficiency in addition to content learning. Data is used to plan for instruction that advances students’ language development. Instruction utilizes universal academic structures with fidelity to ensure access to learning through heritage language support and target language development.

Our Vision

The ESOL/Migrant Department envisions a district community in which all students are well prepared for success in our linguistically and culturally diverse local and global communities.

Our Mission

The mission of the ESOL/Migrant Department is to build district capacity and shared responsibility for the development of multilingual and culturally competent students and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations around the education of English Learners and Migrant students.

Our Values

The ESOL/Migrant Department values the linguistic and cultural human rights of every student. The work of our department reflects these values by providing equitable access to high quality education. This work is strengthened through community engagement and shared responsibility of all stakeholders.

We believe that all students:

  • are language learners and all teachers are language teachers
  • have a cultural and linguistic identity that should be valued and developed
  • deserve equitable access to learning
  • deserve a school culture that is accepting of language diversity and diverse cultural backgrounds
  • need intercultural skills to engage within their local and global community
  • come from a community that cares and values their education
Levels of Support

Our district supports our English Language Learners in a variety of ways. An English Language Learner may experience one or more of these supports:

  • Intensive Language Centers: The purpose of the Intensive Language Centers is for students new to the country to gain the cultural, social, and language skills necessary to navigate successfully in American classrooms and schools. Intensive language support is provided in a safe / sheltered classroom environment for the majority of the day with opportunities to work with English speaking peers through mentorship and participation in electives / specials. When a student is ready to move out of the ILC, he/she will return to his/her home school.
    • The ILCs are located in the following buildings:
      • High School - Washington
      • Middle School - Central
      • Elementary - Eugene Ware (3rd-5th) and Frances Willard (2nd - 5th)
  • Direct Service Language Courses (English Language and Fundamentals of English Language): Instruction will focus around gaining LANGUAGE skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to be successful in content courses. This support is available primarily at the secondary level.
  • Sheltered Courses: The students in these courses have acquired the necessary LANGUAGE skills, but still need the scaffold supports provided by sheltered instruction to meet the content specific standards. This support is available primarily at the secondary level.
  • Co-Teaching: Students in a co-teaching classroom will receive instruction from two instructors: one being the content expert and the other being the language instructor. This method can be achieved in a variety of ways.
  • Mainstream Courses: Students in these courses will receive content instruction with significantly reduced language scaffolds. They may receive support services through push-in support by an ESOL Instructional aide or through consultative services by an ESOL staff member.

ESOL Page for Teachers and Administrators

ESOL/Migrant Directory

Central Office Staff


Name Position Email Phone
Jacqueline Rodriguez Director of ESOL / Migrant Programs 913-627-4381
Kara Spittles ESOL Compliance Coordinator 913-627-2568
Connie Thao

  • Language(s) Spoken - Hmong
ESOL Data Specialist 913-627-4387
Dasiel Perez Suarez

  • Language(s) Spoken - Spanish
ESOL Data Specialist 913-627-4384
TBD Department Secretary 913-627-5626
Karina Martinez Migrant Data Specialist 913-627-2484

ESOL Instructional Coaches - Elementary

Name Office Email Buildings Supported
Devon Tschumakow Douglass Elementary Banneker, Caruthers, Frances Willard, Frank Rushton, Grant, M. E. Pearson, Quindaro, Earl Watson, KCKECC, Morse, North Central Office ECC
Cory Coe Douglass Elementary Claude Huyck, Eugene Ware, John F. Kennedy, Lindbergh, Lowell Brune, Mark Twain, McKinley, New Chelsea, Stony Point North, TA Edison, Welborn
Ramona Stowe Douglass Elementary Douglass, Emerson, Hazel Grove, John Fiske, New Stanley, Noble Prentis, Silver City, Stony Point South, West Park, Whittier

ESOL Instructional Coaches - Secondary

Name Office Location Email Buildings Supported
Brittany McWilliams F. L. Schlagle High School Harmon, Schlagle, Sumner
Lisa Quirke Washington High School Washington, Wyandotte
Abigail (Abby) Spencer Gloria Willis Middle School Argentine, Arrowhead, Carl B. Bruce, Central, Eisenhower, Rosedale

ESOL Family Advocates and Bilingual Community Outreach Workers



Name Office Location Schools Served Email Phone
Maria Arreola

  • Language(s) Spoken - Spanish
John Fiske Elementary School Harmon / Schlagle Clusters 913-304-4652
Brian Teachout

  • Language(s) Spoken - Spanish
Carl B. Bruce Middle School Washington / Wyandotte Clusters 913-304-4447

Claudia Giner

  • Language(s) Spoken - Spanish
Silver City Elementary School Harmon Cluster 913-335-4538
Aye Hla Shamo New Chelsea Wyandotte and Washington Clusters 913-568-7953
Nestor Rodriguez

  • Language(s) Spoken - Spanish
Grant Elementary School Schlagle Cluster 913-219-5751
Mitima Burhungane

  • Language(s) Spoken - Swahili, French
Claude Huyck Elementary School Harmon and Schlagle Clusters 913-998-8358
Maria Olmo-Rodriguez

  • Language(s) Spoken - Spanish
Banneker Elementary School Wyandotte Clusters 913-593-1731
Saw Kaw

  • Language(s) Spoken - Burmese / Karen
F. L. Schlagle High School All Clusters 913-335-4539
Justin Mugisha

  • Language(s) Spoken - Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, French
Washington High School Washington and Wyandotte Clusters 913-335-4540
Kumar Monger

  • Language(s) Spoken - Nepali
J. C. Harmon High School Harmon and Schlagle Clusters 913-226-6153

Migrant Family Advocates and ID & R Specialist



Name Office Location Schools Served Email Phone
Brianda Labotos - Early Childhood

  • Language(s) Spoken- Spanish
ME Pearson Elementary School Early Childhood 913-558-3733
Yanina Merritt

  • Language(s) Spoken- Spanish
ME Pearson Elementary School Elementary Schools 913-205-2342
Vanessa Mora North Central Office Elementary Schools 913-558-3596
Michelle Brito

  • Language(s) Spoken- Spanish
North Central Office Middle Schools 913-558-3596
Miguel Vega

  • Language(s) Spoken- Spanish
North Central Office High Schools 913-306-8798
Feliciano Marin (ID&R Specialist)

  • Language(s) Spoken- Spanish
Central Office All Schools 913-558-2588

The department provides instructional support to schools by providing ESOL Teachers and/or Bilingual Aides throughout the district. Buildings may also identify additional needs and provide additional support members. Each building may be contacted individually to identify the specific support staff at the building.

ESOL Teachers - The ESOL teacher is the primary contact for the department, providing day-to-day services and advocacy for our diverse student population.

Bilingual Aides - Provide individualized and small group support in the classroom, to reinforce and or support skills being taught by the classroom teacher.