English Learners

The MPSD serves nearly 400 students who have grown up in a non-English speaking environment. The English Learner (EL) department is staffed by about 20 teachers, teaching assistants, bilingual aides, and interpreters. In addition to our EL staff, about six mainstream teachers and an elementary principal are also EL-certified.

EL services address the needs of students age four through high school.  Children who have been in the United States for a short time are taught via a content-based pull-out model for a portion of the school day. For other students, we use a variety of sheltered-English, class-inclusion, and bilingual models according to instructional best practice. 

Community Involvement

The MPSD works closely with such community agencies as the Hmong Commuity Center and the Multilingual Consortium. The majority of our English learners are of Hmong and Hispanic backgrounds, but we also serve speakers of another 10 languages from Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Our District has taken a leadership role in the field of second language learning. The coordinator is a member of WITESOL, the state EL professional network. We are the fiscal agents of the Manitowoc Consortium, a three-district collaboration in Manitowoc County that channels Title III funding into best educational practice for our limited-English students. As a consortium we have consistently met the Annual Yearly Progress and the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives as laid out by the Department of Education.

We consider our EL students and families an integral part of our educational mission. It is a professional challenge and a privilege to embrace other languages and cultures, and we know that this breadth of experience is healthy and productive for every MPSD student.

EL Hotlines

Parents and others whose main language is Hmong or Spanish are invited to call the hotline numbers listed below.  Please leave a message if no one is available and they will call you back, usually within 24 hours.  

Hmong Hotline: 920-663-9373
Spanish Hotline: 920-663-9372

Yog koj xav tau ib daim txhais ua lus Hmoob, thov hu Hmoob Tus Xov Tooj, 920-663-9373.

Si usted necesita esta informacion traducida al Español, por favor Hame al 920-663-9372.

Contact Us

The MPSD EL Learning Liaisons and Interpreters are here to serve you. For more information please contact:   

  • Elementary School Learning Liaison - Renee Siikarla
  • Secondary School Learning Liaison - Stacie Dao
  • MPSD Hmong Interpreter – Fong Hang - hangf@mpsd.school
  • MPSD Hmong Interpreter – Mai Chang - changm@mpsd.school
  • MPSD Spanish Interpreter – Claudia Klein - kleinc@mpsd.school
  • MPSD Spanish Interpreter – Jesus Cervantes - cervantesj@mpsd.school


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