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Ms. DeAnna Day

528-6499 extension 26845
Classes Taught: 
English as a Second Language
The PURPOSE of the ESL program (from the Va. Dept. of Education ESL Handbook) is "to help the limited English proficient students learn English as quickly as possible....and to help them be successful in their school programs. Such instruction should also help them to adjust culturally to life in America."


  • Upon enrollment parents complete a Home Language Survey.

  • An English language proficiency test (WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test) is administered to determine the level of instruction needed.

The ROLE of the ESL INSTRUCTOR is to:

  • Provide English instruction at the appropriate level (not bilingual education), from beginning conversational skills to reading and writing skills necessary for grade level assignments. Based on consultation with the classroom teacher, instruction takes place in a "pull-out" setting or as in-class support.

  • Evaluate and report progress based on the WIDA Access for ELLs English Language Proficiency Test (administered yearly)

  • Facilitate communication between teacher and student, and between school staff and the home.

You obviously cannot meet all the needs of the ESL student in the regular classroom. What you can do is be sensitive to what the student is facing and make accommodations when you are able. The ESL Teacher will work with you to determine the best way to support your new student.

About Ms. Day

I hold teaching certifications in Secondary English and K-12 ESL.  I have a Bachelors Degree in English from Old Dominion University and a Masters in TESOL from Regent University. I also serve as the Adult ESL Teacher for Amherst county. I will post the schedule of free Adult ESL classes in the future. Due to my traveling to different schools, an appointment is required if you need my assistance.

I provide instruction in grades K-12 for students learning English as a Second Language. These students come from all over the world fom countries such as : Honduras, Mexico, India, Burma, the Ukraine and Guatemala. I work with students at Amherst Elemantary, Middle and High Schools. I will also serve any incoming English Learners at Temperance and Central Elementary Schools.. All mail and interoffice mail can be sent to me at Amherst Elementary School where I am based. 

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