ELL Program

ELL Program-English Language Learners

About Us

Welcome to the English Language Learners page!  Our seven ELL teachers and three educational assistants serve students from Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Central America. There are more than 15 languages spoken by students and their families at Linwood Monroe Arts +. Many of our students have fluency in two, three and even four languages. We are proud our diverse community of language learners!


What is the goal of the ELL program at LMAP?

The goal of both the St. Paul Public Schools ELL department and Linwood Monroe Arts + is to promote English language proficiency and mastery of academic content in a collaborative setting. We believe that English language learners learn best when held to the same rigorous standards as their native English speaking peers and are given the appropriate supports and scaffolding to reach those standards.


How do we work toward this goal?

ELL teachers support and instruct ELL students using the following models and programs at Linwood Monroe Arts +:


Language Academy- Students in grades 1-8 who are new to the country and need intensive English Language Development qualify for the Language Academy program. ELL students in the Language Academy class are integrated into the school and larger

community, giving them daily interaction with their native-English-speaking peers to

build language skills both academically and socially. The Language Academy class is taught collaboratively by the mainstream grade level teacher and the ELL teacher. Both teachers plan lessons in a collaboration, thereby providing differentiated instruction targeted to the specific needs of newcomer students. This intensive collaborative

program helps students rapidly develop the English language skills necessary for academic success.


Language support through content: Many ELL students receive English language instruction during reader’s workshop, writer’s workshop, science rotation, and/or math. ELL teachers create and teach lessons that target content level standards as well as English language objectives during content area instruction. ELL teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers to provide small group support and instruction to ELL learners.


Bilingual Educational Assistant Support: Many ELL students receive direct service from an educational assistant during math workshop. Our bilingual EAs provide instruction in Hmong, Spanish, Amharic, and Somali. Students who speak these home languages receive native language support on a rotational schedule during the math block.


Junior High Language Support

Our Junior High offers a safe and supportive environment for English learners as they simultaneously learn the English language and academic content. We provide English Language Development classes (featuring the Inside USA and English Now! curriculums) which equip students with the building blocks of English. We further support our English learners through the practice of co-teaching English Language Arts (ELA) classes with the mainstream ELA teachers. In this way we are able to assist our students with both language and academics throughout the day.



Meet the ELL Teaching Staff




Kelly Baumgartner

Kindergarten ELL


Krista Michaelis

Grade 1 & 3 Language Academy


I live in St. Paul and am married with three small children and a beagle.   I enjoy reading, kayaking, swimming and camping. I have lived in Tunisia, France and Madagascar.  I have traveled to Denmark, Turkey, Mexico, and Guatemala. My goal is to encourage a lifelong love for learning in my students.  I love teaching!


Jessica Rooney

Grade 2 Language Academy, Grade 2 & 3 ELL support

I am lucky to have worked at our great school since 2002.  I am privileged to work with an amazing group of students, families, and teachers . We work as a team to teach English and all academic areas in our energetic, arts-infused classrooms. I believe the arts provide great opportunities for our students learning English as they gain vocabulary, fluency and confidence through movement, music, drama and visual arts. 


Sarah Hernandez

Grade 4 & 5 Language Academy, Grade 4 ELL support


I feel like I have the best job in the world! I am always blown away by how much my students grow and learn throughout the year. I love reflecting with students and saying “remember when this book was too hard for you? Now look at what you can read!” We work really hard, but our hard work is always punctuated by laughter and celebration.


Shelly Kinzer

Grade 5 & 6 Ell support, Grade 6 Language Academy

My students amaze and inspire me each day. I hope to do the same for them.




Mariana Romero & David Hodgson

Junior High Language Academy and ELL


We have the privilege of teaching students from all over the world! In doing this work we draw heavily on our own experiences as language learners (Spanish for Mr. Hodgson, English for Mrs. Romero): we never forget the excitement and the challenges of learning to function in another language.



Blanca Matias

Educational Assistant/Math Language Support (Spanish) K-6

Thai Xiong

Educational Assistant/ Math Language Support (Hmong) K-6

Elfinish Bashah

Educational Assistant/Math Language Support (Amharic) K-6

Talaka Wa
Educational Assistant/Math Language Support (Karen) K-6

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