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English Language Learners Program

ELL Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8am – 4pm

Contact Information:
Educational Service Center
(Teaching for Learning Department)
33330 8th Ave South
Federal Way, WA 98003

ELL Director:
Judy Lemmel (

ELL Instructional Coaches:
Elizabeth Coghlan (
Jon Hall (

Guided Language Design Specialist:
Jessica Rosendahl (

ELL Office Manager:
Angie Rabina ( / 253-945-2094)

ELL Data Secretary:
Elaine Mekosky (253-945-2014)


Spanish: 253-945-2473
Russian/Ukrainian: 253-945-2382
Korean: 253-945-2472


In Federal Way Public Schools, non-native English-speaking students who have not passed the Washington State English proficiency test (WELPA) are enrolled in the English Language Learners (ELL) Program. Read more »


FWPS requires all ELL teachers to have a special endorsement that qualifies them to teach English Language Learners. They receive additional monthly training to make sure that they learn about the latest research and instructional strategies. Read more »

Family Involvement

ELL families are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education. Research shows that academic achievement improves significantly when parents are involved in school and at home. Read more »

Elementary ELL Program

ELL English language instruction is provided to beginning and newcomer students during the reading or intervention block for 20-30 minutes each day. Higher-level ELL students receive support from their ELL teacher in the mainstream classroom using the co-teaching modelRead more »

Secondary ELL Program

Most beginning ELL English language instruction in grades 6-12 is provided in sheltered ELL classes. For intermediate and advanced ELL students, ELL support is provided by the ELL teacher in the content classes in collaboration with the content teacher (math, science, social studies and English language arts). Read more »

Additional Support Programs for ELLs and Families

A variety of support programs for ELLs and their families have started in FWPS due to the increasing ELL enrollment and our goal to responsively serve our students’ academic and social needs. Read more »

State Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program

The Washington state TBIP is committed to addressing the unique needs of students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds and helping them achieve the high content and performance standards expected of all students in our State. Read more »


For more information about the ELL program, please contact Judy Lemmel, K-12 Director for Teaching for Learning.

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