We work with students from all over the world as well as with students born in this country, who speak another language at home. It is our goal to help these students to feel comfortable and successful in the classroom by supporting their English language acquisition.
Our program is a primarily a pull-out program, which means that we work with small groups of ELL students outside of the regular classroom. We work with students by grade level and by English proficiency level for 45 minutes a day. These small groups enable us to focus our work to meet the needs of our students.
Understanding academic vocabulary in each subject area for ELLs is crucial for comprehension and academic success in their classrooms. Therefore, we teach the language of ELA (English Language Arts), math, science, and social studies through reading, writing, speaking and listening in English.
About Mrs. Schadler
This is my thirteenth year teaching ELL in Lexington. Before teaching in Lexington I was a classroom teacher in Sudbury, MA. Prior to that, I spent one year teaching English in Japan. It was during my time in Japan that I learned how challenging it is to not be able to speak the language. That experience has shaped how I view all our ELL students and the process they go through to learn English.
I live in Lexington with my husband and two children (and our dog, Zuzu).
About Mr. Plamondon
This is my third year teaching ELL at Bridge Elementary School (eighteenth year at Bridge), and my twentieth year overall teaching. Before I began teaching at Bridge I taught at the Newton Early Childhood Program in Newton, MA and worked at the Arlington Ice Rink driving the zamboni.
I attended Bentley University in Waltham, MA where I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management. After Bentley, I received my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Recently, I completed my English as a Second Language license.
I was born, raised, and currently reside in Arlington, MA with my lovely wife, Carolyn and our two beautiful daughters. When I'm not at work, I love spending time with my family at home and traveling all over the New England states. In my free time, I enjoy playing ice hockey, watching sports with my family and friends, and taking photographs.