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English Language Learners


The South Portland School Department is fortunate to have almost 300 students from as many as 30 different countries participating in our K-12 programming for English Language Learners. The program provides learning opportunities specifically designed for our ELL students according to their level of English proficiency. This instruction is provided by state-certified ESL endorsed teachers at each of our 8 schools consistent with the District’s mission, “Enriching Lives Through Quality Learning For All.”

We ensure that our English Language Learners meet or exceed rigorous content standards while developing skills in social and academic language, speaking, listening, reading, writing and math. While they are progressing toward attaining proficiency in English, the social, emotional and cultural needs unique to ELLs are also a priority.




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ELL Administrator

ELL Central Office Support

Chelsea Garland

Chelsea Garland

Office Manager



District ELL Staff Members

Paula Doucette

English Language Learner Teacher
Brown Elementary, Dyer Elementary

Kimberly Elliott

Teacher
Memorial Middle, Dyer Elementary

Elizabeth Holland

English Language Learner Teacher
Memorial Middle

Kralik Kara

Ed Tech
Memorial Middle

Jacquelyn Kelly

Teacher
Skillin Elementary

Melissa Kelly

Teacher
South Portland High, Mahoney Middle

Thomas Rice

English Language Learner Teacher
South Portland High

Devon Robbie

English Language Learner Teacher
South Portland High

Carla Valentine

Teacher

Rachel Watson

Teacher
Memorial Middle, Skillin Elementary

Kristin Wells

English Language Learner Teacher
Kaler Elementary

Amanda Wood

Teacher
Skillin Elementary

Linda Zembsch

English Language Learner Teacher
South Portland High

Sheanna Zimmerman

English Language Learner Teacher
Memorial Middle