The English Language Education department in Barnstable teaches over 500 students. We are fortunate to have English Learners (ELs) from many different countries, speaking multiple languages. ELs are provided instruction by licensed ESL teachers. They are also provided with Sheltered English Instruction in their general education classes by licensed content teachers who are SEI endorsed. The Barnstable Public Schools are involved in an ongoing process of providing professional development to educators on how to effectively teach ELs in accordance with state and federal requirements. We also make every attempt to have bilingual professionals available for families whose native language is not English. We provide this service through our EL Parent Center, which is staffed by bilingual Parent Liaisons. If you would like to learn more about our ESL program, please contact:
Carina Da Silva, Director of English Learners (EL)
Hyannis West – Portuguese Family Liaison: Hayanne Silva
My name is Hayanne Silva, and I am happy to be working at Hyannis West Elementary School as a Portuguese Liaison. As someone who was born in Brazil and came to the United States at the age of five, I have a deep appreciation for the challenges and opportunities that come with learning a new language and adapting to a new culture. Having graduated from Barnstable in 2013, I am proud to be back in the district that played a significant role in shaping my educational journey. As a Portuguese Liaison, I am committed to providing valuable support and guidance to Portuguese-speaking students and their families.