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

  • Bilynda Brown
    Benedict A. Cucinella School
    Phone:  908-850-3161 x7013
    email:  bbrown@wtschools.org

    I am a resident of Long Valley with three children in the district. My educational background includes a BFA (Temple University) and a MBA (University of Phoenix). Additionally, I hold certifications in English as a Second Language (Seton Hall University) and Elementary Education K-6. I have been in education for four years in the roles of Paraprofessional, Preschool and Elementary Aide, Substitute Teacher and Dance Instructor. Previously, I spent 10 years as a Project Manager in the field of medical education.

    My primary focus is the development and inclusion students with unique backgrounds and challenges. I am looking forward to helping your children grow and achieve.


    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.


    Jen Gouse
    Flocktown-Kossmann and Long Valley Middle School
    Phone:  908-850-3161 x7013
    email:  jgouse@wtschools.org

    This is my first year teaching at Flocktown-Kossmann School. Prior to teaching in Washington Township I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years. I also hold a certification in Elementary Education and taught children grades first through sixth. I most recently completed my training in Orton-Gillingham. Since I was a young girl I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and had a passion for teaching. I am so enthusiastic to be back in the classroom to teach the children of this great district. I am a parent of students in the district and take pride in teaching the children of Washington Township.


    Ayla Quaglio
    Old Farmers Road 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!