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English Learners Department


Sandra Escobedo
Director, Supplemental, & Concentration Services
Phone: (510) 784-2600 x 72584

Bernardo Varela
Director of School Leadership and Accountability
Phone:  (510) 784-2600 x 72495

Natalie Lower
Program Specialist
Phone:  (510) 723-3900 x 30170

Michele McKinley
Program Specialist
Phone:  (510) 723-3900 x 30149

Welcome to the English Learners Department

Guided by the Master Plan for English Language Learners and committed to student, teacher and parent success, we support a powerful instructional program for English Language Learners, Grades K-12.

The Department of English Language Learners provides on-going support to our district's programs designed for students with non-English language backgrounds who arrive in our schools without a full command of the English language. Our main charge is to coordinate services, create resources and provide professional development and support to district staff tasked with instructing our English Learners (ELs) and providing resources and professional development for their families.

Our goal is for our students to graduate from Hayward Unified School District with the academic skills and foundational experiences necessary to be in a position to continue formal post-secondary education or to succeed in a career of their choosing. We believe this is a collaborative effort that involves all stakeholders in the lives of our PK-12 students: teachers, support staff, site administrators, central office staff, families and community members.