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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
Maryanne Duffy
Assistant Director of ELL
(781) 314-5686
Annette Colon
(781) 314-5499

2020 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.


BELPC Monthly Meetings

Las Reuniones de 2020-2021

Hablamos en español, Kreyòl Ayisyen, português y otros idiomas que se necesitan. Nos reunimos de 6:00-7:00 p.m.

martes 22 de septiembre

miercoles 22 de octubre

jueves 19 de noviembre

martes 26 de enero

jueves 18 de marzo

miercoles 14 de abril

martes 18 de mayo


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.

School List

Waltham High School
(781) 354-5469

Kennedy Middle School
(781) 296-5168

McDevitt Middle School
(781) 472-9420

FitzGerald Elementary
(781) 330-1323

MacArthur Elementary
(781) 392-7607

Northeast Elementary
Abigail Torres (781) 354-3047

Plympton Elementary
(857) 266-1226

Stanley Elementary
(781) 392-7607

Whittemore Elementary
(781) 319-1656

Dual Language Program
(781) 492-4473

WSO District
(978) 590-5077

Haitian Creole (District)

Portuguese (District)
(508) 494-2026




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