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For Parents/Guardians of English Learners

The Methuen Public Schools has an active ELPAC (English Learner Parent Advisory Council), a collaborative partnership among the schools, families of English Learners and Former English Learners, and community organizations. For more information, you may contact (978) 722-6004.

DESE Guidance re ELPACs

General Resources

1) Guidance on English Language Learner Education - Massachusetts Department of Education

2) World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) 

3) Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL)

4) RETELL Advisory from Massachusetts Teachers' Association

5) TESOL International Association


7)  Methuen Press Release   Comunicado de Prensa de Methuen


The Methuen Public Schools Language Acquisition Department oversees the education of its students who have been identified as English Learners (ELs). 

"The government and the public schools of Massachusetts have a moral obligation and a constitutional duty to provide all of Massachusetts's children, regardless of their ethnicity or national origins, with the skills necessary to become productive members of our society. Of these skills, literacy in the English language is among the most important."

      Massachusetts General Law Ch. 71A


Language Acquisition Department Director, K - 12: 

Dana Gastich

Telephone: (978) 722-6004

  Language Acquisition Department Supervisor, K - 8: 

Mary DeSimone 

Telephone: (978) 722-6004

 Methuen High School ESL Department Chair: 

Johanna Fawcett

Telephone: (978) 722-6040

 Secretary, Language Acquisition Department: 

Kizzella Rivera

Telephone: (978) 722-6004

Bilingual Parent Engagement Specialist, Language Acquisition Department: 

Shantielle Robles

Telephone: (978) 722-6004

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LAD ELE Corrective Action Plan  2015