English Learners Program

Program Focus

The focus of this program is to provide instruction for students specifically to reach proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Level of proficiency is measured annually using the WIDA ACCESS for English Learners language proficiency assessment.  Data from this assessment is used by the LCS English Language teachers to create individualized Limited English Proficiency plans (LEPs) that address each student’s academic, social, and cultural needs.

The LCS EL program strives to:

  • outline the specific models and best practices to be incorporated into the instructional delivery in every K-12 classroom as appropriate
  • provide multiple professional development opportunities to administrators, teachers, and staff in the delivery of EL programs and services
  • embed content-specific vocabulary instruction
  • provide equitable access to academic content that enables EL students to meet challenging performance standards in all areas consistent with all students
  • ensure a safe and supportive learning environment
  • promote mutual respect and appreciation for students of diverse backgrounds among schools, families, and communities
  • include deliberate out outreach efforts to facilitate partnerships between the school and home to build community

EL Staff

Wyllys VanDerwerker
Director of Exceptional Learners
vanderwerkerwd@lcsedu.net

Pam Thomas
Coordinator of Early Childhood Education and English Language Learners
thomaspc@lcsedu.net

Karin Baker
bakerkj@lcsedu.net
Schools:
Sandusky Elementary*
R. S. Payne Elementary School
W. M. Bass Elementary School

Kenneth Burrows
burrowskr@lcsedu.net
School:
Heritage Elementary School*

Melissa Fox
foxmm@lcsedu.net
Schools:
Perrymont Elementary School*
Paul Munro Elementary School
​Sheffield Elementary School
T. C. Miller Elementary School for Innovation

Meredith Gardner
gardnerma@lcsedu.net
Schools:
Sandusky Middle School*
Linkhorne Middle School

William Maurice
mauricewq@lcsedu.net
Schools: 
Linkhorne Elementary School*
Bedford Hills Elementary School

Michelle Quarantotto
quarantottome@lcsedu.net
School:
Heritage High School*
Newcomer Program

Donna Sloman
slomandm@lcsedu.net
Schools:
E. C. Glass High School*
Heritage High School

Diana Thompson
thompsondh@lcsedu.net
School:
P. L. Dunbar Middle School for Innovation*

Melinda Wheeler
wheelermq@lcsedu.net
School:
Sheffield Elementary School*

*Base school