English Language Learners

  • English Learners (EL)

    Welcome to the English Learner Program site for the Nantucket Public Schools.  Nantucket embraces its linguistically and culturally diverse English Learner (EL) population. Currently, more than eleven different languages and seventeen different countries are represented in our student body. 

    In partnership with a caring community, Nantucket Public Schools will create a dynamic learning environment which engages each of us to be inspired learners and responsible citizens, prepared to meet global challenges. The goal of the EL program is to provide a culturally and linguistically responsive education with the supports needed to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote accelerated language acquisition so that English Learners can access and demonstrate academic success in all courses leading to college and career readiness.

    In the Nantucket Public Schools the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) model is followed in order to ensure English Learners rapidly develop the skills necessary to succeed. SEI consists of two instructional components necessary for the effective instruction of ELs: Sheltered Content Instruction taught by licensed content teachers who are SEI endorsed and English As  a Second Language (ESL) taught by ESL licensed teachers. The mission of the English learner (EL) Program in the Nantucket Public Schools is to provide research-validated, systematic, explicit, and sustained language instruction to English learners, designed  to develop social, instructional, and academic language within the four language domains (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in conjunction with subject matter content (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). 



    Kelly-Ann Cooney
    Director Of English Language Learner Services
    508-228-7285  x1177



    Nantucket Public Schools employs nine full-time English language teachers. Combined, our staff speaks eight foreign languages and brings a wealth of experience in language instruction.

    Nantucket Elementary School

    Vessy Natcheva
    Nicole Ridge

    Samantha Kodak


    Nantucket Intermediate School

    Janet Colby
    Tina Fournier

    Cyrus Peirce Middle School

    Kathryn Norton
    Jessica Trewhella


    Nantucket High School

    Devin Durand

    Johanna Spring



    English Learner Parent Advisory Council Meeting

    Where: Cafeteria, Nantucket Intermediate School

    When: December 18 at 4:30 - 6:30 pm


    Please join members of the Nantucket Public School Staff as we host a meeting to welcome English Learner Families in the schools.  The Parent Advisory Council meeting will include:

    •  A workshop presented by two lawyers representing PAIR - Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project
    • Representatives from community groups that work to support our bilingual families
    • Child care will be available on site

    Escuelas Públicas de Nantucket

     Reunión del Consejo Asesor de Padres de Aprendices de Inglés

    Dónde: Cafetería, Escuela Intermedia de Nantucket

    Cuándo: 18 de diciembre de 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

     Por favor, únase a los miembros del personal de las Escuelas Públicas de Nantucket mientras organizamos una reunión para dar la bienvenida a las familias que están aprendiendo inglés en las escuelas. La reunión del Consejo Asesor de Padres incluirá:

    • Un taller presentado por dos abogados que representan a PAR - Proyecto de Representación Político de Asilo / Inmigración
    • Representantes de grupos comunitarios que trabajan para apoyar a nuestras familias bilingües
    • Tendremos cuidado para sus ninos disponibles