English Language Learners
Read more about the program in the June 4, 2015, Lexington Minuteman:

Who We Are

The English Learner Education program has existed in its current form since 2006.  That year, we served 196 students in the nine schools, with a staff of eight licensed ESL teachers. Today, we have close to 450 students, an instructional staff of 14, along with department support. 

With the steadfast support of the district, we believe we have developed a highly effective English language program, which has been commended by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Our emerging bilingual students are exposed to rigorous, researched-based instruction, using a wide variety of content materials, enabling students to learn the academic language structures that are so vital to success in the classroom by focusing on academic language and writing (as outlined in the WIDA standards and in the Common Core).   

To enhance our instruction, we make extensive use of technology, both in our instruction and for student learning, to support the development of the 21st century skills, ensuring that the children perform at the highest levels academically.

While our commitment to students is as strong as it has always been, our requirements have changed dramatically.  The district’s mission to ensure that all students learn and achieve academic success has meant that ESL teachers are integral to the process of reaching students who are struggling or who are at risk. Today, although many of our students excel in their classrooms, we must ensure that struggling students succeed, as well.  District resources allow us to assess for academic progress and collaborate to provide targeted intervention, with the expectation that all English learners will reach the same high standards as their English-speaking counterparts.

To this end, we give screening assessments, participate on data teams, on student support teams, consult with teachers, act as liaison for new families, assist with the identification of students who may require special education, arrange for translators…all in addition to teaching children to speak English!

Our teachers are dedicated professionals who are expert in the language acquisition and acculturation processes, and who continuously expand their knowledge and hone their practice by participating in countless courses, workshops, and conferences.  Even as they attain impressive results in the classroom and gratitude from the parents of our students, they continually strive for improvement. They are at the heart of what makes this department so well regarded.

For more information, you are invited to contact the English as a Second Language teacher at your school, or me, at the number listed below.

Coordinator - Robyn Dowling-Grant, Ed.M.
Secretary:  Lisa Aboyan
Central Office
146 Maple Street
Lexington, MA  02420
(781) 861-2580 X 68017

ESL Instructional Staff
Katherine Gerlich - Bowman Elementary School
Phone:  (781) 861-2500
email:  kgerlich@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Jaime Smith - Bowman Elementary School
phone: (781) 861-2500
    email: jsmith@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Rosalind Dreyer - Bowman Elementary School
phone: (781) 861-2500
    email: rdreyer@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Deirdre Schadler - Bridge Elementary School  
phone: (781) 861-2510
email: dschadler@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Yuiko Shimazu - Bridge Elementary School
phone: (781) 861-2510
email: yshimazu@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Laura Davidian - Clarke Middle School
phone: (781) 861-2450
email: ldavidian@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Lonamae Shand - Diamond Middle School
phone: (781) 861-2460
email: lshand@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

 AnneMarie Roche - Estabrook Elementary School
phone: (781) 861-2520
email: aroche@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Lauren Wihrli - Estabrook Elementary School
phone (781-861-2520
email: lwihrli@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Catherine Murphy - Fiske Elementary School
phone: (781) 541-5001
 email: camurphy@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Carolyn Hine - Fiske Elementary School
phone: (781) 541-5001
 email: chine@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

 Marilyn Friedman - Harrington Elementary School
phone: (781) 860-0012
    email: mfriedman@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Rebecca Ault - Hastings Elementary School
phone: (781) 860-5800
email: rault@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Rosalind Dreyer - Hastings Elementary School
phone: (781) 860-5800
email: rdreyer@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

Barbara Adolph - Lexington High School
phone: (781) 861-2320
    email: badolph@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

English Learner Education Office  (781) 861-2580 X 68018
  Lisa Aboyan - Department Secretary