ESOL Services

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.

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

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Gena Villegas, Supervisor of ESOL Services

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.



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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