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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, students who do not know English or who need to improve their English to understand their school work 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 summer and monthly training to make sure that they learn about the latest research and instructional strategies. Read more »


Registering your child for ELL services includes several steps. 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 during the reading or intervention block for 20-30 minutes each day. Children in grades K-5 receive research-based instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in small groups or with a tutor. Read more »

Secondary ELL Program

Most ELL English language instruction in grades 6-12 is provided in self-contained or sheltered classes. A few secondary schools have responsive intervention models where the ELL teacher collaborates with content teachers to provide support. 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

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

ELL/Special Education Students

In cases where it is clearly demonstrable that a child’s special education condition is a minority barrier to the child attaining English proficiency, the child can be served by both the SPED and ELL programs. Read more »


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

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