Literacy/English Learners (EL) Department

Department Head: Kathy Lipowski

Willowbrook Literacy/English Learners (EL) Department

The English Learners (EL) program consists of a complementary English and Reading course with teacher teams at beginning, intermediate, and advanced language levels. Level 1 is a three-period program and focuses on intensive English instruction for students whose basic interpersonal language skills and cognitive academic language proficiency is at a beginning stage. There is an emphasis on oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing production skills. Intermediate or Level 2 is a two-period program that offers continuing English instruction for students whose language proficiency make it difficult to succeed in classes with English instruction. This level offers content support, as well as the further development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English. Advanced or Level 3 is a two-period program for students whose interpersonal and academic language skills are approaching those of native speakers. The skill emphasis is on continued content support and the transition from EL into the core program. Placement or promotion for all program levels is based on national ACCESS and district GRADE scores. Additional academic support is offered through sheltered content courses and the Academic Resource Center. Both supports also offer native language assistance.

Name Phone Schedule Contact
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Lucy Almanza-Fernandez
Teacher
(630) 782-2837 View Lucy Almanza-Fernandez  schedule Contact Lucy Almanza-Fernandez
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Brian Chelmecki
Math Department Head
(630) 782-3015 View Brian Chelmecki schedule Contact Brian Chelmecki
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Eduardo Delacruz
Teacher
(630) 530-3407 View Eduardo Delacruz schedule Contact Eduardo Delacruz
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Edgar Dorado
Teacher
(630) 344-2363 View Edgar Dorado schedule Contact Edgar Dorado
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Hilary Foster
Teacher
(630) 782-3061 View Hilary Foster schedule Contact Hilary Foster
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Maritza Francisco
Teacher
(630) 782-2878 View Maritza Francisco schedule Contact Maritza Francisco
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Ivan Jimenez
Teacher
(630) 458-4375 View Ivan Jimenez schedule Contact Ivan Jimenez
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Marisol Johnson
Teacher
(630) 782-3064 View Marisol  Johnson schedule Contact Marisol  Johnson
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Kathy Lipowski
Literacy Department Head
(630) 782-3001 View Kathy Lipowski schedule Contact Kathy Lipowski
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Gina Mucha
Department Secretary
(630) 530-3412 Contact Gina Mucha
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Tara Murphy
Teacher
(630) 782-2854 View Tara  Murphy schedule Contact Tara  Murphy
Malcolm Ross
Teacher
(630) 782-3066 Contact Malcolm Ross
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Staci Scapardine
Teacher
(630) 782-2884 View Staci Scapardine schedule Contact Staci Scapardine
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Colleen Smith
Teacher
(630) 782-3009 View Colleen Smith schedule Contact Colleen Smith
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Azahara Tello
Teacher
(630) 782-3018 View Azahara Tello schedule Contact Azahara Tello