English Language Development


The mission of the English Language Development Department is to move students toward grade-level proficiency in all academic areas.

English Language Development

English Language Development staff work as a team with other teachers to support the needs of our learners. Licensed support teachers work in our preK-8 classrooms or through pull-out sessions to positively impact EL and Title 1 student success.

We use a variety of instructional strategies and teaching models to support our English learners. Some of the teaching models include whole group, small group, and guided groups. We find that providing this kind of service in school targets students who may need additional support with content and language development. In these groups, we can support the students’ academic and social language using content-based teaching.


We also have a small number of students who are new to St. Paul, Minnesota, and the country. These students work – one-on-one or in a small group –  with a licensed EL teacher who teaches them practical English vocabulary as well the foundations for acquiring the English language. 


The three major student goals of our team are the following:

  1. Provide English language services to students identified as EL by standardized means

  2. To increase language proficiency through content-based instruction

  3. Provide academic support services to meet the academic goals of all learners

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, LEARNING, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. 


English Language Development Staff

Elizabeth Ramirez Regalado

English Language Development



This is my 4th year as an ESL teacher and my first year at Achieve. Previously I worked in schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and I'm excited to be at Achieve. I taught in English in Mexico, and there I met my husband. We have two boys, 12 and 9, and we speak Spanish at home. In my free time I like to read, bike, and listen to music.

Goly Yang

English Language Development



Lisa Roling

English Language Development



I work closely with classroom teachers planning and instructing lessons that target English Language Development. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. We are avid hikers and campers, love a good board game, and enjoy watching movies together.

Mary Wagers

English Language Development



I love Achieve and have stayed here for so long because of the wonderful community Achieve has built. The students, families, and staff make Achieve a very special place to come everyday. When I'm not at school, I love being outside – in the summer :) – and spend time on the water kayaking or in my garden.

Sharon Lenhart

English Language Development



I’m enjoying my 11th year teaching at Achieve Language Academy. I’m on the Academic Support team and am teaching English Language learners and others in preK and kindergarten. I also enjoy playing the piano for the Middle School Choir and have enjoyed performing concerts with them at many venues, including the Mall of America. At home, I enjoy cooking and doing activities with my daughter who is a college student. I also enjoy biking, reading, playing with our puppy and cat, and attending classical music concerts.

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St. Paul, MN 55119
Phone 651-738-4875
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Office Hours

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School Hours

8:05 am-2:35 pm, M-F

Extended Care Hours

6:55-7:50 am and

after school in partnership with Conway Kids Time

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