English Language Learners

The Department of English Language Learners (ELL) offers several instructional program models in second language acquisition, facilitating the opportunity for students to master essential knowledge and skills while acquiring a second language.

Our mission

We value and promote the rich linguistic diversity of students, foster the growth of English language learners, and build district capacity with a shared responsibility for the development of multilingual, culturally competent and globally prepared students.

Our vision

A school culture that values and preserves the diverse linguistic backgrounds and identities of students with intercultural support systems to provide equitable and inclusive educational opportunities for all.

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Mailing address

Garland Independent School District
P.O. Box 469026
Garland, TX 75046-9026


Employee Position
Zaida Saldivar Director
Melissa Carriaga Coordinator of English Language Learners - Elementary
Deb Tietjen Coordinator of English Language Learners - Secondary
Margaret Rutaquio Facilitator ELL Newcomer
Sheila Sudderth Social Worker
Sofía Núñez Parent Engagement Facilitator Title III
Ingrid Fleury ELL Specialist - Elementary
Ivonne Acuña ELL Specialist - Elementary
Bret Gosselin ELL Specialist - Secondary
Jeremy Hailey ELL Specialist - Compliance