Welcome to Parkland School District
Language Instruction Educational Program
The Parkland School District strives to ensure the academic, social, emotional and physical success of each student in our district. The Parkland community, the Board of School Directors, the administration, the staff and parents all work collaboratively to this end.
Our goal for our English Learners is to become independent learners in a school environment that affirms linguistic and cultural diversity. We also strive to acclimate these students to their new culture while maintaining the pride they have for their own culture. We assist these students in school and in their community by helping them to use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways. Our objective is to help these students gain proficiency in the English language. We focus on enhancing academic speaking and listening ability in addition to developing reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.
Mrs. Sarah Finnerty
My name is Sarah Finnerty and I am the ESL teacher at Cetronia Elementary School. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. I received my ESL certification from Lehigh Carbon Community College. I attended Desales University where I earned my Masters Degree in Education. My education has given me many valuable resources to share with you.
Hello! Thank you for viewing our ESL website. I am Mary Kelly the ESL Specialist at Kernsville Elementary School. I began my teaching career as a classroom teacher. After spending time at home with my three children I returned to education taking courses to be certified as a Reading Recovery Teacher® and an ESL Program Specialist. I continued my education and received a Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). It has been a pleasure working with the students and staff in the Parkland School District for the past 15 years. To visit the Kernsville ESL webpage click on the link above.
Hello! My name is Ann Case and I am the ESL Specialist at Ironton Elementary School. I have been an ESL Specialist for over 9 years and I absolutely love working with my students!! I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a BS in Elementary Education. I received my Master’s Degree through Wilkes University.My family and I live in the Parkland School District. My husband’s name is Brian. I have 2 sons, Jared and Nathan. Jared graduated from PSU and lives in Kennett Square. Nathan is also attending Penn State University. To visit Ironton and Schnecksville's ESL website please click on the link above.
Mrs. Jeanne Puskaritz
My name is Jeanne Puskaritz. I have been teaching in the Parkland School District for more than 15 years and have enjoyed teaching ESL for more than 10 of those years. I have been fortunate to teach ESL in many of the Parkland elementary schools and both Orefield and Springhouse Middle Schools. I received my teaching certificate and my ESL specialist certificate from Moravian College. I am married and live in the Parkland School District. I am the proud mother of two grown children who are both Parkland graduates. The newest addition to my family is my beautiful granddaughter Callie. To visit Jaindl's ESL website, click on the link above.
My name is Gina Brokenshire, and I am the ESL Teacher at Kernsville and Kratzer Elementary Schools. I have been teaching in the Parkland School District for over 20 years. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I began my career teaching third grade and kindergarten for several years. I received my ESL Certification through the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, and have been teaching ESL ever since. My education, as well as experiences teaching, have given me many valuable resources to share with you. To visit Kratzer's ESL site, please click on the link above.
Hello, my name is Mia Belletieri, and I am the ESOL Specialist at Parkway Manor Elementary School. In the afternoon, I continue my day at Parkland High School, where I am also one of the ESOL Specialists. I have been here at Parkway Manor for 10 years, but I have been in the district for 12. I was fortunate enough to help out in almost every school in the district. I love travelling to all of the schools and seeing my students grow in their new culture. I attended Cabrini College, where I received my degree in Elementary Education. I went on to Moravian College to receive my Specialist Certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I received my Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at DeSales University. I am also certified to teach English in grades 7-12.
My name is Mrs. Kloiber and I am so pleased to be the ESL teacher at Fogelsville Elementary School. I received my Elementary Education Degree from Kutztown University and my Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language through Penn State University and the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico. For the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to teach both children and adults from all over the world how to speak English and to help many adults earn their U.S. Citizenship. I am also the proud mother of 4 children and 2 cats and we live in Allentown. In my spare time, I LOVE to read books about the history of our country. I also love to cook and even love to READ about COOKING!! Above all, my favorite thing to do is to teach and to find fun ways to make learning easier for my students!
I am Karen Reyburn, the ESL Specialist at Schnecksville Elementary School. I started my career as a classroom teacher before staying home a few years with my three children. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University and my ESL certificate from Penn State University. Over the past 6 years, I have worked in Parkland School District at Jaindl and Kernsville Elementary schools.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and my two dogs. My husband and children love sports, so they keep me busy running to sporting events throughout the year. I feel blessed to be teaching at Parkland. Parkland’s diverse student body makes it a special place to learn and grow and it allows for cultural learning opportunities which help prepare students for their interactions with the world as adults.
I look forward to working with your children. Please check out our ESL website https://www.parklandsd.org/departments/curriculum/esl-program and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ESLparklandschooldistrict/ .
My name is Mrs. Joy Richards. I have been with the Parkland School district for more than ten years. I have been the ESL teacher at Orefield Middle School since September 2009, a job I really enjoy. I graduated from Kutztown University with my teaching certificate, then continued my education, and received my ESL certification.
My name is Mrs. Teresa Mosser. I am an ESL Specialist at Springhouse Middle School. I have been teaching in the Parkland School District for over six years. After graduating from Cedar Crest College with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education, I received my ESL certification through the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit. This past summer I received my master’s degree through Wilkes University in Classroom Technology. I have lived in the Lehigh Valley my entire life. I am married and have two children, a daughter who graduated from Parkland High School and a son who is currently enrolled at the high school. I enjoy reading, biking and spending lots of time with my family. In addition, I truly enjoy my position here at SMS! I have met many wonderful students who I’ve had the pleasure to teach. I look forward to another fulfilling school year! Browse my site, it will hopefully give you some helpful information.
Hello! Welcome to our ESL Website. My name is Lisa Hayducek and I am one of the ESL Program Specialists at Springhouse Middle School. I am a graduate of Syracuse and Bloomsburg Universities. I have held several positions within the Parkland School District and am currently working toward my third Master’s Degree from Wilkes University. In addition to my educational background, my husband and I are the proud parents of three children who are graduates of Parkland. Most importantly, I have a love of learning and am excited to help our students learn and grow as well. Without a doubt, your children have many wonderful experiences ahead of them.
Hello. I am Mrs. Susan Hartman and I am the ESL teacher for students in grades 10 and 12 at the high school. I have been teaching in the Parkland School District for 12 years. I earned my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. I continued my education at DeSales University where I earned an MEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). My daughters Hannah and Emily are graduates of Parkland High School and both are living in Pittsburgh where they are attending school. My son, Hunter, is a senior at L.V. Charter High School for the Arts and my youngest daughter, Meredith, is a freshman at PHS. I love spending time with my family, reading, and playing games. I am lucky to work with interesting, hard working, and dedicated students.
Hello! I am Joan Junge and I have been teaching in the Parkland School District for more than eight years. Prior to that I taught high school English in New York State and South Carolina. I have a B. A. in English, an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an ESL specialist certificate. I am married and have two daughters, Emily and Annie. I love my job but I also I enjoy reading, cooking, walking and watching cycling races. Although I am the teacher, my students teach me many new and interesting things about the English language every day!
Mrs. Lee Skinker
I am Mrs. Lee Skinker and I am a teacher's aide for ESL students at Parkland High School. I have been working in the Parkland School District for about 6 years. My husband and I are graduates of Virginia Tech University where 3 of my 5 children are currently attending. My daughter Julian and her husband live in Colorado and my daughter Liz and her husband live in Kansas. I live a full and busy life which includes cooking, baking, and other crafts. My job is very interesting because I am able to go into different classrooms while I support students who are learning the English language.
Each year, ELs and their families are invited to join staff at an end of the year ESL PICNIC celebration.
At previous years, there were many EL family members of many ages at this fun event. The weather has been wonderful!
Ethnic food, representing many diverse countries was fantastic! The conversations among the picnickers was rich in cultural diversity!
Some students won prizes and free tickets to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Everyone enjoyed themselves and interacted with one another while playing yard games. It was a great evening and a wonderful way to end the school year! See you next year!
ESL Basic Education Circular- Every school district shall provide a program for each student whose dominate language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student's achievement and academic standards under 4.12. Programs under this section shall include English as a second language instruction. For more information on the law, click on the link below to view the ESL Basic Education Circular.
Purpose- In accordance with the Board's philosophy to provide a quality educational program for all students, the district shall provide an appropriate planned instructional program for identified students whose dominant language is not English.
The purpose of the program is to increase the English language proficiency of eligible students so that they can attain the academic standards adopted by the Board and achieve academic success. Students who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will be identified, assessed and provided appropriate services.
The WIDA Screener is the Pennsylvania identification and placement tool.
The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is administered yearly to all ELs to monitor their progress in acquiring academic English. This year, students will be given this assessment in January and February. The test assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Individual Student Reports from this assessment will be sent home with the report card at the end of the school year.
WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Assessment
Conversational English-Are you looking for Conversation Questions? This link will provide great questions about which ELLs or anyone can dialogue.
- What are you doing this weekend?
- What did you do last summer vacation?
- What kinds of gifts do you like to give?
English Vocabulary Quizzes-Are you looking to increase your Vocabulary? Try this great website for lots of fun activities.
English Grammar Quizzes This website has many ways to practice your grammar. Check them out! There are many ___ (thief) in the big cities. (thiefs or thieves)
Rosetta Stone-Log on to Rosetta Stone to practice the lessons assigned by your ESL teacher. You will need a username and password from your ESL Teacher.
Freetranslation–Check out this website for free translation services.
Google Translate is a great resource that can be used at home to translate any web page.
Follow these simple directions:
- go to googletranslate and click on “website translator”
- scroll down until you see the list of languages
- “Right click” on your language
- add this to “favorites”
Once you have followed these directions, try it out for yourself:
- go to mcall.com
- once there, click on your “favorites” tab and find your language
- click on your language, and the webpage will be translated
LIEP Description – The LIEP Description provides a description of Parkland’s Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) and all of the supporting appendices. The program description is very informational and is a great resource for parents, teachers and staff. The supporting appendices are a great tool for ESL and classroom teachers.
Please select carefully the pages you decide to print as it is 144 pages in length.
LIEP Description Pages 1 - 12.
LIEP Appendices Pages 13 -144.
- Can Do Descriptors
- ESL PD Website
- ELL PowerPoint
- ELL Overlays
- Language Lines
- Professional Development
- What is ESOL?
WIDA English Language Learner CAN DO Booklet is a practical tool to guide teachers when designing and implementing lessons, monitoring student progress, determining student language proficiency levels, collaborating across programs, and conveying results to ELLs and their parents.
This booklet complements the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards and provides a valuable set of resources aligned to the Performance Definitions for the levels of English language proficiency. These resources assist teachers in embedding academic English into content lessons and working school-wide to ensure the academic success of our culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
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The WIDA 2012 ELD Standards represent the social, instructional, and academic language that students need to engage with peers, educators, and the curriculum in schools.
PA ELP National Standards –There are five English language proficiency standards that center on the language needed by English language learners in Grade levels PreK-12 attending schools in the state of Pennsylvania to succeed both socially and academically in education settings. Each of the English language proficiency standards addresses a specific context for language acquisition (social and instructional settings as well as academic language in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). The framework is broken into five grade level clusters: PreK-K, 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Each of the five English language proficiency standards encompasses four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The language domains reflect the modality of the communication that is further delineated by the language proficiency levels and their model performance indicators. The definitions of the language domains are as follows:
Listening –process, understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken language in a variety of situations
Speaking– engage in oral communication in a variety of situations for an array of purposes and audiences
Reading– process, interpret, and evaluate written language, symbols and text with understanding and fluency
Writing– engage in written communications in a variety of forms for an array of purposes and audiences
Transperfect is a phone translation service available to staff for communication with students’ parents/guardians who have difficulty understanding and speaking English. Language Lines is always available for phone calls home, Parent Conferences, IEPs and whenever parental contact is needed. Click this link for a listing of all of the available languages. Contact your building’s ESL teacher for user information.
ESLPortalPA is a portal for English as a Second Language (ESL) resources. This portal is maintained in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is a single front door to online information for educators, pupil personnel staff and community service providers who work with English Language Learner students and their families. ESLPortalPA provides easy access to ESL resources and professional development training opportunities. Click on the following links to register for webinars which are free of charge. Contact Marjorie A. Evans, Coordinator of Data, Assessment and Federal Programs for details regarding funding for ESL conferences.
TransAct offers a robust collection of many legal and policy documents fully supporting parent communication mandates (Title I, III, IX, X, FERPA, PPRA). This collection of documents is available in many languages. Anyone may register for access to this site-teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, secretaries, and/or administrators.