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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

In West Des Moines Community Schools, students come from homes with different cultures and languages – more than 70 languages! About 10% of our students are in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program to help them improve their academic English.

The program offers different services like a newcomer program, standalone English classes, team teaching, or special instruction. All English learners get help from an ESOL teacher, and the services connect with the regular school lessons.

Parents/guardians can choose not to have their child in the ESOL program if they want. There's a meeting to talk about any worries and possible outcomes, and they sign a form every year. They can decide to join the program later if they want.

If an English learner has to go to a different school for ESOL services, free transportation is provided. If bus fees are a problem, parents can talk to the school secretary or principal to see if they can get help.

ESOL Team and Multilingual Family Engagement Specialists

The WDMCS Multilingual Family Engagement team helps diverse students and families be strong members of our school community. They support families in understanding and using school and community resources. The team has four specialists, three speak Spanish, and one speaks Burmese Hakha Chin. They work to make sure everyone, no matter their language or background, can advocate for their child's education and be ready for their life journey.

Natalie French

Natalie French

Director - Esol
Eddy Cisneros

Eddy Cisneros

Multilingual Family Engagement
Brenda Daisy

Brenda Daisy

ESOL Teacher
Angelica Moreno-Rangel

Angelica Moreno-Rangel

Multilingual Family Engagement
Abdiel Quiroga

Abdiel Quiroga

Multilingual Family Engagement
Duaa Radhi

Duaa Radhi

Biak Thang

Biak Thang

Multilingual Family Engagement
Elizabeth Zúñiga

Elizabeth Zúñiga

Multilingual Family Engagement