Office of English Language Learners
Dr. Frances Esparza

Phone: 617-635-9435

Email: fesparza@bostonpublicschools.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Frances Esparza

Dr. Frances Esparza serves as the Boston Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of the Office of English Learners. She has spent 24 years in education, having taught in bilingual classrooms, facilitated and advised EL programs, and led as a school principal. Dr. Esparza has in-depth knowledge of instruction for ELs, Standard English Learners (SELs), EL students with disabilities, EL students identified as gifted and talented, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

She has monitored EL compliance and categorical budgets for over 1,000 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Dr. Esparza has received a B.A. from the University of Southern California (USC), a Teaching Credential from California State University in Los Angeles, a School Business Management Certification from USC, an M.S. in Educational Leadership & Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Administration Policy from Pepperdine University.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a culturally and linguistically responsive education with the supports needed to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote language acquisition, bilingualism, biliteracy and lifelong learning.

What We Do

EL Instructional Programs

Ensure instructionally sound programs through standards based alignment for language acquisition so that ELs make progress on the schools’ identified goal aligned to ELD Framework, CCSS and WIDA. Learn more.

EL Parent Engagement

Create collaborative processes between EL parents, community partners and schools to promote the success of EL children and families through the creation of a District Advisory Committee and capacity building efforts. Learn more

Translation & Interpretation

Ensure communications are translated and interpreted to ensure all parents have meaningful access to their student’s education and district policies. Learn more.

Professional Learning

Build capacity of teachers, Language Acquisition Team Facilitators, school leaders, and central office staff. Learn more.

Supplemental Services

Provide before/after and summer school programs including compensatory students, SLIFE, ELSWD and other EL students in need of additional support. Learn more.

Newcomers Assessment

Provide language proficiency assessments to identify English Learners and whether they need native language supports. Learn more.

Equity & Accountability

Support schools with and ensure that district policies meet the civil rights of ELs in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements. Learn more.

Contact Us

Bruce C. Bolling Building

2300 Washington St
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 635-9435
oell@bostonpublicschools.org
 
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm 

Our Team

Dr. Frances Esparza

Assistant Superintendent of the Office of English Language Learners
fesparza@bostonpublicschools.org

Kim Tsai

Executive Director of Equity & Accountability
ktsai@bostonpublicschools.org

Andrea Jones Berasaluce

Director of Translation & Interpretation
ajonesberasaluce@bostonpublicschools.org

Kevin Montoya

Parent and Community Outreach Administrator
kmontoya@bostonpublicschools.org

Priya Tahiliani

Executive Director of Instruction
ptahiliani@bostonpublicschools.org

Dr. Ivonne Borerro

EL/SPED Supervisor
iborrero@bostonpublicschools.org

Vera Johnson

Director of Newcomers Assessment and Counseling Center
vjohnson2@bostonpublicschools.org

Adeleine Celestin

RETELL Program Manager
aetienne@bostonpublicschools.org

Yvonne Chan

Technology & Media Specialist
ychan@bostonpublicschools.org

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