ESOL Services

The ESOL Program Office is located at 1415 N. 26th St., St. Joseph, MO 64506.  Contact us by phone at 816-671-4119.  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.  

Instructional Staff
SJSD General Handbook
Enrollment Forms
Health Services
Parent Letters
Parent Involvement Policy
McKinney-Vento Program
Preschool / Kindergarten
Programs for LEP/Migrant Students
Spanish Grade Cards
Special Services
Collaboration Tools for ESOL and Special Services
Teacher Resources
ESOL Videos

Contact Us 

Melissa Mollus
ESOL Specialist
[email protected]

Melissa Mollus has been teaching for 22 years with SJSD.  She has worked as a classroom teacher and taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades.  Although, much of her career has been working with ESOL students as an ESOL teacher for 15 years. She has worked with ESOL students at all levels; Elementary, Middle, and High School during her career and has specialized in working with Newcomers.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from MWSU and has a Master’s Degree in TESOL from Southeast Missouri State University.  At home she has been married to her husband, Ben, for the last 20 years, and is the mom of three children: Sarah (13), Andrew (10), and Austin (2).  


Schools' Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents

The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLs), can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand.

The following materials include information for students and parents, OCR guidance and resources for education officials about their obligations to EL students and LEP parents, and added resources with related information.

For Students and Parents


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