• Director of English Learners:  Eulalia Valdez

    Bilingual Parent Outreach:  Alma Binkowski
    English Learner Literacy Specialist:  Erin Gleason
    EL Department Secretary:  Paola Lares Luna
    Oswego High School EL Coordinator: Maureen Terwelp
    Oswego East High School EL Coordinator: Rebecca Killam


    Vision Statement

    The English Learners (EL) Department supports the district’s mission in assuring equal educational access for EL students. We recognize as a school community that we share the responsibility of ensuring that EL students develop linguistic and academic skills to become productive members of society. EL students participate in academically challenging programs that respect and build upon the unique cultural and linguistic attributes they bring to our learning community. We are committed to recruiting high quality and passionate EL licensed teachers who value diversity, advocate for EL students and their families, and seek current research on best practice EL instruction. We uphold high quality EL education through collaboration with parents, government, non-profit local and community agencies and organizations.

    Mission Statement

    Our programs will:

    • Comply with state and federal laws
    • Educate EL students to the same standard of excellence as all other students
    • Function in cooperation with all other educational activities, not in isolation
    • Seek community input in order to benefit students, improve instruction and strengthen collaboration
    • Embrace, respect and build upon the unique cultural and linguistic characteristics that students and families bring to our school community
    • Ensure that our school community is informed about effective pedagogy and research on second language acquisition
    • Make a genuine effort to communicate with parents in a language they understand