ESL: English as a Second Language
Title III/English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Program Goals
Buncombe County Public Schools strives to maintain an ESL Program that works in conjunction with the wider school system to provide equal educational opportunities for students with diverse language backgrounds.  All second language students have equal access to content, facilities, and the full range of programs offered by BCS.   To ensure that we are able to effectively serve our students, BCS employs highly qualified, licensed ESL teachers. Our district works to help meet the unique cultural and socioeconomic needs of our English Learners (EL). 

Mission Statement
The English as a Second Language Program seeks to make Buncombe County Schools a welcoming environment for English Language learners and their families. Our program aims to provide quality and challenging instruction for all students that promotes academic excellence while supporting English language development.  BCS works to encourage the maintenance of   students' native languages and cultures  as they strengthen and enrich our learning communities. 

 Service Models
  • ESL "pull-out" classes which meet for approximately 30 minutes daily at the elementary level.
  • ESL elective classes in reading or writing, which meet for 60-90 minutes daily at the middle and high school levels.
  • Co-teaching between ESL and content teachers to deliver content instruction across all grades.
  • Sheltered instruction in which a content teacher is specifically trained to use a variety of ESL teaching strategies.

For more information, please contact:
Ginny Barrett
Director of Federal Programs, 828-255-5966
Aggeliki (Kiki) Alimonos
ESL Coach, 828-232-4238
Tsianina Tovar
EL Instructional Coach, 828-225-5277
Fluent in Spanish
Kathleen Worley
ESL SIOP Coach, 828-271-4515
Liceth Sherlin
ESL School/Family Support Specialist
Language Services Office, 828-350-2295
Fluent in Spanish
Robin Ramsey
Title III/ESL Data Specialist, 828-232-4239

ESL Intake Specialist , 828-225-1137
Intake Center Fax: 828-225-5279 
Fluent in Spanish.
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