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Bilingual Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) & World Languages

Karen Lapuk,
Director of Bilingual Education, ESOL and World Languages
Pahola Almonte,
Department Secretary


Mission of the Bilingual, ESOL and World Language Department

The Bilingual Education, ESOL and World Language Department provides rigorous opportunities for students learning a new language with the linguistic, cultural and academic tools to be successful and productive members of a global, diverse society.

Vision of the Bilingual, ESOL and World Language Department

Students in Windham Public Schools will have the linguistic skills needed to successfully participate in P-12 curriculum and to become bilingual and bi-literate.

Theory of Action:

If Bilingual/ESOL practitioners and classroom teachers work together with the support, training and resources from Administration, then, the students will make consistent gains in their acquisition of English towards becoming bilingual and biliterate.

Bilingual/ESOL Educators in Windham Public Schools

CH Barrows STEM Academy:
Eva Beermann:
Marielle Slappe: 

Natchaug Elementary School:
Wally de Sousa:
Beth Prose:
Miriam Reynoso:

North Windham Elementary School:
Melissa McLaren:

Antonio Lopez:

Josue Lopez:

Sweeney Elementary School:
Tina Gaetani:
Stephanie Parsons:
Deifilia Sandoval:


Windham Center Elementary School:
Toni Emmanuel:
Rose Reyes:


Windham Middle School:
Zita Bodonyi:
Donalynn Bogue:
Yusomil Bonet:
Leslie Round:


Windham High School:
Raquel Pipkin Martinez:
Tatiana Gomez:
Fatima Piresson:

Ayda Parra Rojas:



Articles for Teachers
Engaging Your Beginners
Research Says / Tap ELLs' Strengths to Spur Success
Response: Building Relationships With Families of ELLs
Ten (Usually Wrong) Ideas about ELLs
Links to Resources for Teachers and School staff
CT English Language Proficiency Standards (CELP)
Summer Opportunities for Language Study for Teachers
CT State Department of Education Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Education
Colorin Colorado
National Association of Bilingual Education
Resources for English as a second language online
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Spanish-English Cognates- Palabras Afines
What Works Clearing House for English language learners
Documents for Teachers and School Staff
CELP- CT English Language Proficiency Standards

The CELP standards are derived from ELPA21 and provide students learning English access to the Common Core State Standards at their level of proficiency from grades K-12.

CT English Learner Data Bulletin 2014-5

This document pulls together data points on Connecticut's English learners in both a qualitative and quantitative manner.

ELL Glossary
Research-based Practices for ELs
Home Language Survey Guidelines
Best Practices for ELLs
Research articles
Myths about Learning English
PK-3: Challenging Common Myths about Dual Language Learners
Links for Students
"Many things" for practicing English
Bilingual Glossaries in Multiple languages
Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary
Online library and language lab
Pictorial Lexicon (picture dictionary)
Practice for Spanish and English
Real English- video lessons
Links for Families
Common Core en español
Helping your Child Learn in Two Languages- English
Las vacaciones de invierno: 10 sugerencias para fomentar la lectura
The Graduates/Los Graduados PBS Videos
Compañeros Program:
In the Compañeros Program, instruction of the general education program/curriculum is provided in both  languages, Spanish and English. Instruction delivered in Spanish is done so by a bilingual teacher. Instruction delivered in English is done so by an English-speaking teacher. In this program, students are taught by a team of two teachers. The Compañeros Program is available on a lottery basis to students when entering Preschool and/or Kindergarten or late entry to students who are bilingual, depending on space. Entering Kindergarten classes are comprised of nearly equal numbers of Spanish dominant and English dominant students. Applications are accepted January prior to entering Kindergarten after a mandatory informational session.
For more information check back on the Compañeros page.