English Learner Information

English Learners (EL)

teacher and student Students who are English learners (EL) participate in appropriate programs of language assistance to help ensure that they attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that all students are expected to meet. Participation in these programs can improve students’ English language proficiency which, in turn, has been associated with improved educational outcomes.

The EL program is expanding in the Lorain City Schools as our Spanish-speaking student population continues to grow each year. While our ultimate goal is to serve every student in his or her own home school, intensive curriculum is now offered at Frank Jacinto Elementary, Stevan Dohanos Elementary, Washington Elementary, General Johnnie Wilson Middle School, Southview Middle School, and Lorain High School.

Additional supports are provided by our valued community partnership with El Centro de Servicios Sociales of Lorain.

TEACHERS: Please review the provided resources for helpful classroom resources.

EL Educators

Frank Jacinto Elementary School
Kelsey Becker, EL Teacher

Stevan Dohanos Elementary School
Diana Avila, EL Teacher
Jeanne Akhavan, EL Teacher

Washington Elementary School
David Dybowski, EL Teacher
Rachel Meany-Love, EL Teacher
General Johnnie Wilson Middle School
Daniel Davila, EL Teacher

Southview Middle School
Michelle Herchler, EL Teacher

Lorain High School
Mirta Mendak, EL Teacher
Sandra Peloquin, EL Teacher


English Learner (EL) Supervisor
Susanne Silva

Student Services Assistant - Bilingual
Zoey DeJesus
440-830-4280 (Southview Middle School)

Spanish Language Help Line
Waleska Soto, Bilingual Support/Student-Family Outreach
440-830-4082 (English)
440-830-4088 (Español)
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