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Office of ELL and Multilingual Programs

Welcome to Office of ELL and Multilingual Programs


There are 1492 emerging bilingual students enrolled in the English Language programs in Waltham Public Schools. These students represent 35 languages! WPS ESL teachers are actively instructing with anti-racist pedagogy to dismantle systems of oppression. Our staff build on the strengths of students and advocate for equitable access for all.



Office of ELL and Multilingual Programs Team

Dr. Sara Hamerla
Administrator for ELL and Multilingual Programs
(781) 314-5498
Google Voice: 508-545-3045
Marianne Duffy
Assistant Director of ELL
(781) 314-5686
Annette Colon
(781) 314-5499

2021 ELL and Bilingual Department Vision and Mission


The WPS ELL and Bilingual Department is committed to building on the strengths of students. We advocate for equitable access to and participation in school and community opportunities, including the Seal of Biliteracy, Waltham community partners, school-based clubs, sports, and activities. Our bilingual students engage in high-quality instruction in a community that is culturally responsive. 


The ELL and Bilingual Department supports the Waltham Public Schools Mission through three pillars.


  • Integrate language and content through research-based high quality instruction. 

  • Promote English language development and biliteracy aligned with WIDA standards.

  • Activate and build on prior knowledge through culturally responsive pedagogy.

  • Foster independence through the consistent application of learning strategies.


  • Value and cultivate first language and home culture.

  • Bridge from first to second languages.

  • Respect differences and facilitate engaged academic conversations about culture, race, and language. 


  • Create a positive learning environment where students make personal connections. 

  • Make connections and build trust.

  • Serve as a bridge to the community and larger society by participating in community service.

Bilingual English Language Learners Parent Advisory Committee

The English learner parent advisory council (ELPAC) is made up of parents and legal guardians of English learners.  Membership is voluntary and is open to all parents and legal guardians of students who are or have been identified as English learners.

The mission of the Waltham ELPAC is to work to promote multilingual and multicultural values for all students.  We will welcome and support the families of new English language learners into the Waltham community. To that end, members will work to: 

  • Promote a network of parents of multilingual children, and provide a forum to share information. 

  • Advise the School Committee, Superintendent, and the Directors of English Language Learning on the development and evaluation of programs, long range planning, district-wide policy decisions, and the budget for English Language Learning.


B/ELPAC  Monthly Meetings

Las Reuniones de 2021-2022

Hablamos en español, Kreyòl Ayisyen, português y otros idiomas que se necesitan. Nos reunimos de 6:30 - 8:00.


September B/ELPAC meeting

Tuesday, September 28 · 

Martes 28 septiembre, 2021

6:30 – 8:00pm


October B/ELPAC meeting

Tuesday, October 26 · 

Martes 26, Octubre 2021

6:30 – 8:00pm


November B/ELPAC meeting

Tuesday, November 30 · 

Martes 30, Noviembre 2021                         

6:30 – 8:00pm


December B/ELPAC meeting 

Tuesday, December 14 · 

Martes 14, Diciembre 2021                          

6:30 – 8:00pm


January B/ELPAC meeting 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Martes 25, Enero 2022

6:30  a 8:00pm


February B/ELPAC meeting 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 · 

Martes 22, Febrero 2022                 

6:30 – 8:00pm


March B/ELPAC meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 ·

Martes 29, Marzo  2022

6:30  a  8:00pm


April B/ELPAC meeting 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 ·

Martes 26, abril 2022

6:30  a  8:00pm


May B/ELPAC meeting

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Martes 17, mayo 2022

6:30  a  8:00pm


June B/ELPAC meeting 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Martes 7, junio 2022

6:30 a  8:00pm 

B/ELPAC Officers

Adela Escobar

Saida Colindres

Haybi Barrios

Parent Liaisons

Each school in WPS has their own parent liaison who can help to welcome incoming families to schools. If you have questions for your parent liaison, please contact your child's schools.

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Waltham High School

Stephania Grijalba


Kennedy Middle School

Federica Concepcion

(781) 296-5168

McDevitt Middle School

Ruth Ramirez

(781) 472-9420

FitzGerald Elementary

Rosa Halleran

(781) 330-1323

MacArthur Elementary

Aura Veliz

(781) 392-7607

Northeast Elementary

Abigail Torres

(781) 354-3047

Plympton Elementary

Margarita Grande

(857) 266-1226

Stanley Elementary

Stephania Grijalba


Whittemore Elementary

Paula Mendoza & Darlene Molina

(781) 319-1656

Dual Language Program

Maria Vaquerano & Adela Escobar

(781) 492-4473





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