English Learner Department

  • West Aurora School District #129 has a state approved Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program for Spanish-speaking students who are acquiring English. This program utilizes native language for grade-level instruction. Students also receive daily English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. As students acquire more academic language, they are transitioned into English instruction. West Aurora School District #129 is committed to providing instruction that is most appropriate for meeting student’s needs, as well as being aligned to state and district guidelines. We also promote an understanding and respect for culture, linguistic diversity of students, parents, staff and our community.

    Our District also has a state approved Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI). Our staff provides English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. This program serves students whose first language is considered to be a low incidence language, meaning that there are less than 20 speakers of that language at a school.

    General questions regarding services can be addressed with Claudia Rubio, Bilingual Program Coordinator, at crubio@sd129.org or (630) 301-5360.

    If you have any input regarding the program or services for the English Learners (ELs), please contact Maria Lozano, Director of English Learner at mlozano@sd129.org or (630) 301-5077.

    Identification/English Language Proficiency Assessment:
    Responses from the Home Language Survey (HLS), which is a form completed by parents during registration, initiates the evaluation process. This process is designed to determine students’ level of English language proficiency. Parents are informed of eligibility status. If appropriate, the student is placed in a TBE or TPI program. For additional information about the assessment process, please contact Karina Ochoa, District Bilingual Assessor at kochoa@sd129.org or (630) 301-5361.

Maria Lozano
Director of EL
630-301-5077 
Please contact me if you need assistance with:
 
  • Instructional Programming for English Learner (ELs)
  • Federal and State Reporting/Compliance
  • EL Budget and Planning
  • K-12 ACCESS
  • Parent Engagement/Community Outreach
  • Andrea Delgado
    Office Professional for EL
    630-301-5034 
    Please contact me if you need assistance with:
     
  • Supports English Learner Department (EL)
  • Supports Assessment Department
  • Christine Anderson
    6-12 EL Curriculum Coordinator
    630-301-6564 
    Please contact me if you need assistance with:
     
  • Supports 6-12 EL Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Delivers EL Professional Development
  • High School EL Professional Learning Community (PLC)
  • High School Parent Refusals/Withdrawals
  • High School ACCESS Test Coordinator
  • Karina Luviano
    K-5 EL Curriculum Coordinator
    630-301-5001 
    Please contact me if you need assistance with:
     
  • Supports K-15 EL Curriculum
  • Delivers EL Professional Development
  • EL Professional Learning Community (PLC)
  • Karina Ochoa
    Part-time K-12 EL Assessor
    630-301-5361 
    Please contact me if you need assistance with:
     
  • K-12 EL Screening Processes and Procedures
  • Administers Screeners; Pre-IPT, MODEL, and W-APT-12 EL Screening Processes and Procedures
  • eSchool EL Screening Data Entry
  • Creates EL Blue Folder for TBE/TPI Newly Enrolled Students
  • Supports Spring Pre-K Screening for Incoming Kindergarten Students
  • Delivers Professional Development on ACCESS K-8
  • Claudia Rubio
    Bilingual Program Coordinator
    630-301-5360 
    Please contact me if you need assistance with:
     
  • Maintains eSchool Pre K-12 EL database
  • K-8 Coordinates and processes EL student placement
  • K-12 Prepares program placement letters
  • K-8 Coordinates transportation for ELs
  • K-8 Processes parent refusals/withdrawals
  • Hector Salcido
    K-5 EL Assessor
    630-301-5000 
    Please contact me if you need assistance with:
     
  • K-5 EL Screening Processes and Procedures
  • Administers Screeners; Pre-IPT, MODEL, and W-APT
  • eSchool EL Screening Data Entry
  • Creates EL Blue Folder for TBE/TPI Newly Enrolled Students
  • Supports Spring Pre-K Screening for Incoming Kindergarten Students