• English for Speakers of Other Languages

    The ESOL Program Office is located at the Keatley Center, 1202 South 28th Street (lower level). 816-671-4119 (Phone) 816-671-4464 (FAX)

    Our offices register and enroll all new students who come from other countries or who speak a language other than English at home. ESOL staff administer an English assessment to determine whether they qualify to participate in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. If a student qualifies, he or she will receive additional English instruction from an ESOL Specialist. 

    Our district has two ESOL center schools on the elementary level: Edison Elementary and Hyde Elementary. At the ESOL center schools, an ESOL endorsed teacher provides intensive English language instruction to English Language Learners for a time period based on students’ abilities. ESOL services are available at all district schools, with an ESOL-endorsed teacher assigned to each school.

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    Collaboration Tools for ESOL and Special Services
    Exiting ELLS DESE
    Teacher Resources
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    Gena Villegas

    Dr. Gena Villegas
    Supervisor of ESOL Services

    Dr. Villegas received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University and her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor from Southeast Missouri State University. She received her secondary teaching certification from Northwest Missouri State University and her B.S. in Spanish Language and Literature from Missouri Western State University. 

    Dr. Villegas has served as ESOL Program Supervisor K-12 in the St. Joseph School District since 2004. As ESOL Supervisor, she collaborates with district educators, parents, students, and community members to provide educational opportunities for our diverse English Learner population. Dr. Villegas began her teaching career in the Adult Education and Literacy program, teaching ESOL, Spanish GED, TOEFL, and Citizenship classes. She has taught ESOL classes on the middle school and high school levels, and has also taught high school Spanish.