Multiple Language Learners
We are lucky here at Parkwood to have such rich diversity in languages spoken and cultures represented in our community of students and staff. We rightfully view it as a core strength of our school! The English language learning (ELL) program at Parkwood is designed to provide language support for students who speak languages other than English at home. We work to develop academic language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English to help each student access grade-level content. Our goal is to support students as they become bilingual and multilingual members of society!
All students who speak a language other than English at home take a language proficiency test called ELPA21 which assesses listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. This test determines whether or not a student qualifies for the program. All ELL students take the ELPA21 test each February in order to assess their progress.
ELL teachers work together with classroom teachers to be sure each student receives the language support that is most appropriate for each child. We also work with students in small groups to focus on language development. We use a variety of curriculum to support language development depending on each student’s individual needs.
Degrees and Certifications:
Hello, Parkwood students and families!! My name is Mary Wagner. This is my 2nd year at Parkwood and my 9th year teaching. I feel incredibly lucky to work with the students, families, and staff in this amazing school community! My teaching experience includes working with multilingual language learners K-6 and teaching 1st grade in a Spanish/English dual-language program. I have a Masters in Teaching from The Evergreen State College - GO Geoducks!
When I’m not working I love to spend time with my 13-year-old son!! We love to watch movies and play outdoors (hike, swim, camp, paddleboard, chill in a hammock). I also like to cook/bake, read, play board games, take photographs, and spend time with family and friends.