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 

Dr. Michelle Schulze
ESOL Specialist
[email protected]

Michelle holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Baker University, Master of Liberal Arts from Baker University and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and French from the University of Central Missouri. She received her TESOL Certification from Southeast Missouri State University. Michelle has published and presented workshops on ELL strategies and teaching vocabulary. She also has two book chapters in the publication process regarding Bilingual Education Student Organizations and dual language programs in areas of low incidence. 

Dr. Michelle Schulze has been an Assistant Professor of Education (ELL) at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa for the last three years. She is in charge of the ESL Endorsement program and is the Project Director for the Project EMPOWER grant. Prior to becoming a professor, she worked as a teacher in K-12 education for 18 years of which she spent 11 as an ELL teacher and 7 teaching French. Michelle was the first ELL teacher in the Raymore-Peculiar School District where she helped build the ELL program. Michelle was also a 6-12 Building Principal in rural Kansas for two years. 

When not working, Michelle spends time with her family. She has been married to Phil for almost twenty-one years and her daughter, Grace, is a junior in high school. When not attending one of Grace’s music concerts, Michelle likes to travel, cook and study history.


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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