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Literacy: ESOL

About ESOL

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program that offers assistance to students who have another language in their background and need help in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in order to be successful in school.


Salem School District has 4 full-time ESOL teachers who serve the district’s English Learners:

Salem High School
Carol Ritchie

Leeann Graichen

Kristine Nippert

Fisk, N. Salem, Lancaster

Natalia Ethridge

In addition, district and federal funds are used to hire part-time certified  ESOL teachers to provide additional support across the district.


How are students identified for ESOL support services?
A Home Language Survey is completed at the time of school registration. If there is an indication of a language other than English, the form is forwarded to that school’s ESOL teacher. After a review of information, the student’s English skills are assessed.   Eligibility for services is based on those test results.

If recommended, is participation in ESOL required?
While parents may not deny the assessment of their child’s ability to speak, listen, read, and write English, they may deny ESOL services.

How are students exited from ESOL identification?
Whether or not a student receives ESOL services, annual testing is required by federal law and New Hampshire State Standards for English Language Learners.  During this winter testing, students are assessed in the four language areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.   When proficiency is demonstrated on this test, students are exited from ESOL identification.

What is Title III?
Title III is a federal grant program that provides financial assistance to school districts to ensure that children who are limited English proficient attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic content all children are expected to meet.

How is Title III funding used in Salem’s Schools?
Adhering to Federal parameters for the use of Title III money, Salem uses the funds to:

  • Employ one part-time ESOL tutor
  • Offer a summer ESOL program for qualifying students
  • Provide professional development

Who are Salem’s ESOL service providers?
In addition to the part-time, Title III-funded tutor, the Salem School District employs three full-time ESOL teachers.  These four professionals: LeeAnn Mosher, Natalia Ethridge, Nicole Ponti, and Joan Harper, may be contacted at their office at Salem High School 893-7069.

What are some other supports for ESOL students and their families?

  • Translators and interpreters are used at parent conferences, special education meetings, and during standardized assessments as needed.
  • Written communication to families is translated, as needed.
  • ESOL professionals assist mainstream teachers in developing and implementing appropriate classroom modifications
  • The Rosetta Stone web-based system for learning English is available for students and their families. 

Complaint Process

If you are unsatisfied with the district’s Title III / ESOL Program, or your child’s ESOL services, please follow these steps in order:

  1. Contact the ESOL staff member and/or Mainstream teacher. You can call, email, or write a letter.
  2. Contact the building principal. You can call, email, or write a letter.
  3. Contact the Director of Literacy. You can call, email, or write a letter:

    Tara Bazydlo
    Director of Literacy, Salem School District
    38 Geremonty Drive
    Salem, NH 03079
    phone: (603) 893-7040

  4. Request an appointment with the School Board through the Superintendent’s Office.
  5. Contact the Title III / ESOL State Director. You can call or email:

Wendy Perron
Title III State Director
(603) 271-2034

For all of these steps, you can arrange a meeting either by phone, or in person, at a time that is convenient for you. If you need an interpreter, one will be provided for you.