English as a Second Language

  • Washington Township Schools delivers an English as a Second Language program at each of the four district schools. The team of certified ESL teachers facilitates learning for our English learners through effective, research-based practices. They are dedicated to helping students to develop their language skills for both social and academic settings.The teachers collaborate to deliver the English language learning curriculum while weaving in the content area curricula so each student can grow both in general knowledge and skills along with proficiency in the English language. They work closely with all professionals who have a stake in each  ESL student’s education through a combination of small-group as well as co-teaching models of instruction. We believe in building on the funds of knowledge each student brings with them to our school, capitalizing on the richness of existing language to build new language, and inviting and welcoming all children to our community of learners.

Parental Involvement

  • The ESL team would like to invite parents of English Learner students to join the parent information and input meetings that will be held this year. There is no formal membership for the committee but all parents are welcome to attend, give their ideas, and learn about our program. Please look for communications inviting you to participate in one or more of the meetings this year. Parents are welcome to contact their child’s ESL teacher at any time to ask for more information, share ideas, and ask questions.

    Our first open house for parents will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. We will meet in the Long Valley Middle School's Learning Community Center. All parents of English Learners are welcome to attend.

Our Teachers

  • Sue Driscoll
    Benedict A. Cucinella School
    Phone:  908-850-3161 x7013
    email:  sdriscoll@wtschools.org

    I am in my seventh year teaching ESL at Benedict A. Cucinella School. Before coming to Long Valley I was a classroom teacher in all grades Preschool through eighth grade.  I currently hold certifications in Elementary Education, Preschool, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English as a Second Language.  I recently finished my masters degree at Centenary and will soon have my Reading Specialist and Supervisor certification.

    Donna Puizina
    Benedict A. Cucinella School
    Phone:  908-850-3161 x7013
    email:  dpuizina@wtschools.org

    This is my first year teaching ESL at Benedict A. Cucinella School. I received my Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Framingham University while living in Puerto Rico. Since then, I have taught English to middle school, high school, college, and adult students. I received my ESL certification from Seton Hall University. I’m excited to be working with your child this year and will do anything and everything to help support your child throughout the entire year.

    Ayla Quaglio
    Old Farmers Road School and Long Valley Middle School
    Phone:  908-876-3865 x1464
    email:  aquaglio@wtschools.org

    I am now in my fourth year here in Washington Township. I have been at Old Farmers Road School for the past four years and Long Valley Middle School for the past three. I received my Masters in Teaching and ESL certification through Fairleigh Dickinson University. While ESL is my passion, I am also certified in K-6 General Education and Secondary Social Studies. I am passionate about facilitating language learning through authentic experiences that are developmentally appropriate for the child. I am looking forward to continuing to work with the ESL students in the district!