ELD Services

ELD (English Language Development) Services

The ELD Office is located at 1415 North 26th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506.  Contact us by phone at 816-671-4119 or by fax at 816-671-4464.

Our office works closely with the enrollment center to ensure all families have the support they need to register and enroll their children.  We have multiple family advocates to help provide interpretive services, community resources, and cultural support for students and families who come from other countries or who speak a language other than English.  Our office administers an English assessment to determine whether students qualify to participate in the ELD program.  If a student qualifies, he or she will receive additional English instruction from an ELD instructor.   

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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