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English Speakers of Other Language Program ESOL

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program of the Ladue School District is responsible for guiding the development of the ESOL program and following the protocol of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and WIDA Consortium. Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) supports ESOL educators in focusing on the health and well-being of the students; provides innovative ways to continue teaching and learning; provides normalcy as much as possible for students, faculty, and staff.  Dr. Diana Hsu provides leadership for the ESOL Team as the district’s ESOL Coordinator.

Vision

All English Language Learners thrive academically, socially, and emotionally  as they progress towards fluent English proficiency with confidence.

Mission

Our mission is to develop English fluency, academic success, and cultural awareness in English Language Learners through:

  • Providing inclusive and equitable access to learning
  • Teaching English in the four domains (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), providing support, and working cooperatively with classroom teachers.
  • Fostering the maintenance of home language while learning English.
  • Helping students balance learning new cultural norms without losing their own unique cultural identity.

WIDA

Missouri is a member of the WIDA consortium in partnership with 40 additional states, territories, and federal agencies in the United State and approximately 500 international schools throughout the world. WIDA provides partner schools and districts with guidance on best practices for educating English Language Learners.  This includes English proficiency screeners, growth assessments, and Standards.

WIDA’s Website

DESE Information Regarding WIDA 

Dr. Diana Hsu, Coordinator, English for Speakers of Other Languages

Dr. Diana Hsu 
Coordinator
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Email Dr. Diana Hsu
(314) 983-5913

ESOL Specialists

Ladue Early Childhood Center 

Katie McKenna
Email Katie McKenna
(314) 993-5724

Conway Elementary

Katie McKenna
Email Katie McKenna
(314) 993-2878

Reed Elementary School

Ellen Reeves
Email Ellen Reeves
(314) 991-1456

Old Bonhomme Elementary

Zehra Durhan 
Email Zehra Durhan
(314) 993-0656

Julia Harrison 
Email Julia Harrison
(314) 983-5746

Lory Willhoft
(314) 993-0656
Email Lory Willhoft

Spoede Elementary

Dr. Diana Hsu
Email Dr. Diana Hsu
(314) 983-5913

Julia Harrison 
Email Julia Harrison
(314) 983-5746

Fifth Grade Center

Ellen Reeves
Email Ellen Reeves
(314) 991-1456

Ladue Middle School 

Deepa Jaswal
Email Deepa Jaswall
(314) 983-5520

Ladue Horton Watkins High School 

Deepa Jaswal
Email Deepa Jaswall
(314) 983-5746