ELL Services

According to the New Hampshire Department of Education, “the mission of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is to ensure that all English Learners in New Hampshire are given an equitable, appropriate, and academically challenging education.” If English is not a student’s first language and/or not the primary language spoken at home, he or she may be eligible for ELL (English Language Learners) support once enrolled in the White Mountain Regional School District. The ELL teacher/coordinator will use the WIDA screener assessment to evaluate the student’s English proficiency and offer English language support accordingly. The parents of English language learners may accept or decline ELL support.

The ELL instructor/coordinator for the White Mountain Regional School District is Sandra Mings-Lamar (smings-lamar@sau36.org). Sandra has extensive experience in the field of education and second language acquisition. She began her career as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer teaching ESOL in Shoshong, Botswana. As a Peace Corps Fellow she received her MA in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University and was awarded San Francisco Unified ESOL teacher of the year. She was a co-founder of New Technology High School in Napa, California. When her husband took a job in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont she left her job as Assistant Director of High School Programs for the Tamalpais Union High School District to live and work in the NorthEast Kingdom.  In 2016 she was awarded a Rowland Fellowship  and spearheaded a cultural competency initiative to address equitable education for second language learners. She most recently served as the Director of International Programs for a small private school in the NorthEast Kingdom of Vermont. 

ELL Handbook