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Bilingual and ESL Program

Languages:

Arabic
French
Para español

Our program supports students and parents who speak a language other than English. Our students come from approximately 50 different language backgrounds.

The Kalamazoo Public Schools Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Program provides English as a Second Language Instruction and Bilingual/ESL content support. KPS also has a dual-language immersion program (Spanish and English) located at El Sol Elementary School.

In order to maximize services, several bilingual centers with full-time staff have been established. Students who need bilingual services and support are encouraged to attend one of the centers. Services are provided at non-center schools on a limited as-needed basis.

Ramona Fletcher, Coordinator of Bilingual, ESL, and World Languages

 

Program Staff

Ramona Fletcher, Bilingual, ESL, and World Languages Coordinator

Brenda Sanchez, Bilingual Office Secretary
Rebeca Arevalo-Visuet, Home-School Liaison
Susan Beechler, ESL Specialist

Contact Information

Bilingual and ESL Program
KPS Administration Building
1220 Howard Street
Kalamazoo, MI  49008
Phone:  (269) 337-1579

Goals of the Bilingual and ESL Program
  1. To enable students to become proficient in English.
  2. To enable students to achieve at grade level in content area instruction.
  3. To help improve the self-concept of students.
  4. To increase parental involvement.
  5. To increase the effectiveness of all mainstream teachers and other staff when working with English Language Learners.
  6. To increase awareness and understanding of language acquisition and the strategies that support the learning of ELLs.
Concern or Complaint Regarding an English Learner

Kalamazoo Public Schools offers services to students who are English Learners. Assessments are provided to determine the level of services required and to monitor student progress in English proficiency. There are ten Language Support Centers where services are provided to English Learners. Please contact the Coordinator of Bilingual Education, ESL, and World Languages for further information at (269) 337-1579.

Concerns or complaints regarding services for English Learners will be promptly investigated. The concern or complaint should be brought to the teacher’s attention first whenever possible. If the concern or complaint is not handled at this level, then the building principal should be notified. If the concern or complaint is not handled or resolved at the building level, then the Coordinator of Bilingual Education, ESL, and World Languages should be contacted at (269) 337-1579.

If you need assistance, but you do not speak English, please contact the Coordinator of Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and World Languages at (269) 337-1579 or at fletcherrl@kalamazoopublicschools.net.

Teachers

​​​​​​Josephine Sepanski, Loy Norrix High School
Emily Gibbons, Loy Norrix High School
Amy Jones, Loy Norrix High School
Ryan LaBudda, Kalamazoo Central High School
Hania Hussein, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts
Brandy Shooks, Millwood Middle
Amy Pachay-Kish, Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts
Glory Ward, Edison Environmental Science Academy
Rachel Baustert, El Sol Elementary

Paraprofessionals

Yazmin Ibarra Delgado, Loy Norrix High School
Shafiqa Amini, Kalamazoo Central High School
Mary Brandao, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts
Olga Gamboa, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts
Mary Martin, Milwood Middle School
Connie Brenes, Lincoln International Studies School/Arcadia
Maria Garcia, Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts
Donia Ali, Arcadia Elementary

Elementary Centers

Arcadia Elementary School

  • ESL Instruction
  • Bilingual and ESL content support

Edison Environmental Science Academy

  • ESL Instruction
  • Bilingual and ESL content support

El Sol Elementary

  • Language Immersion program school-wide
  • Instruction is in English and Spanish using a 50/50 Model
  • ESL Instruction
  • Bilingual and ESL content support

Lincoln International Studies School

  • ESL Instruction
  • Bilingual and ESL content support

Spring Valley Elementary

  • ESL Instruction
  • Bilingual and ESL content support

Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts

  • ESL Instruction
  • Bilingual and ESL content support
Middle School Centers

Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts

  • ESL classes
  • Bilingual and ESL content support

Milwood Middle School

  • ESL Instruction
  • Bilingual and ESL content support
High School Centers

Kalamazoo Central High School

  • ESL classes
  • Communication Enrichment Classes
  • Bilingual Academic Instructional Classes
  • Bilingual and ESL content support

Loy Norrix High School

  • ESL classes
  • Communication Enrichment Classes
  • Bilingual Academic Instructional Classes
  • Bilingual and ESL content support