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Classical English Language Learners Department | 2016-2017

Teacher   Grade Room
Amanda Curtis Department Head    
Sallie Donovan English    
Jaclyn Fisher Acting Dept. Head | Math  
Taylor DeFronzo Biology/Math    
Travis Harris English    
Kathy Lovett English    
Greg MacPhee Teacher    
Maia Mukherjee Math    
Andrea Metayer Science    
Russ Waldron Social Studies    

The English Language Learners (ELL) Program

  1. The primary purpose of the ELL/SEI program is to provide non-English speaking students with an educational environment that gives them the supports they need for success.
  2. This program includes techniques and methodology, designed to teach ELL students social and academic English language skills within their content classes.
  3. The instruction is in English and is designed to develop competency and a language base for grade level curriculum
  4. The program develops oral proficiency with the integration of reading and writing.
  5. Students who have limited or interrupted formal schooling go to our Newcomer Program in order to prepare for grade 9.
  6. Students who have current transcripts are assigned to their appropriate grade/ proficiency level  
  7. Most students spend 2 full years within the program. (Going from ESL A level to B level).  Students in their 3rd year take one mainstream English class and one mainstream social studies class supported by one additional English class within the ESL program. These students may take mainstream or SEI science and math classes based on teacher recommendation and/or MCAS results.  ESL students transition into full mainstream classes in their 4th year.
Ms. Curtis Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Amanda Curtis Department Head    

“I believe that education is the civil rights issue of our generation. And if you care about promoting opportunity and reducing inequality, the classroom is the place to start. Great teaching is about so much more than education; it is a daily fight for social justice.”Secretary Arne Duncan

Ms. Donovan Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Sallie Donovan SEI English    
SD Sallie M. Donovan, M.Ed. Massachusetts Teaching Certifications: ESL, English 9 - 12 Languages spoken: French, Spanish Education: B.A. Wellesley College, 1985; M.Ed. University of Massachusetts Lowell 1990.

I have been teaching English and ESL in the Lynn Public Schools since 2004. Currently I also teach one course a semester at North Shore Community College in Communication Skills and College Composition. I live in Beverly with my two children. Interests: Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Gardening, Reading, and Writing.

Ms. Fisher Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Jaclyn Fisher SEI Math | Acting Dept. Head  
JB I went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated with a degree in Accounting and Spanish. I graduated with my Masters in Education with a concentration in ESL from Salem State in 2012.

I love meeting students who come from all over the world. It's pretty amazing to watch someone acquire a language over 4 years. My interests include traveling, reading at the beach, finding the most perfect lobster roll, practicing my Spanish in tropical places, and eating at every raw bar on the North Shore!

Mr. DeFronzo Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Taylor DeFronzo SEI Biology/Math    
TH My name is Taylor DeFronzo, and this is my first year teaching ELL students at LCHS. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with my Bachelors degree in Psychology, and Cambridge College with my Masters degree in School Guidance Counseling for the high school level. I grew up in Lynn and I am a proud alumni of LCHS class of 2008! I love being back at my high school to teach!
Mr. Harris Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Travis Harris ESL English    

“There is no such thing as the Queen’s English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!”
Mark Twain

Ms. Lovett Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Kathy Lovett English    

Ms. Lovett, BS Business from Merrimack College, BA English/Psychology, Merrimack College, M.Ed, ESL Salem State.  Lover of Shakespeare, reading, the beach and especially my three grandsons. 

Mr. MacPhee Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Greg MacPhee English    
GM Greg MacPhee graduated from Clark University with a BA in History in 2012 and a MA in Teaching in 2013. While student teaching history at Worcester's South High Community School, he found that many of his most dedicated students were English Language Learners. After this positive experience, he decided to work full time with ELL's. He worked at Lynn English High School during the 2013-2014 school year, but is happy to be here at Classical since 2014.

He loves being able to see the progress his students make right before his eyes. Having gone on a high school exchange to Costa Rica and spent a semester of college in Istanbul, Turkey, he understands what it is like to live and study in a foreign country and language, but also the rewards of working in such diverse settings. Outside of teaching, Mr. MacPhee enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction, learning about history, keeping up with current events, and hanging out with a diverse group of friends from high school, college, and work. Along with English, he speaks some Spanish and a little bit of Turkish (as well as fluent Bostonian).
Ms. Mukherjee Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Maia Mukherjee SEI Math    

Maia Mukherjee is a former New York City teacher with twelve years of experience teaching elementary, middles school and high school students. Dr. Mukherjee speaks English, Spanish, French and even a little Russian.

She is an enthusiastic soccer player and coaches her son's soccer team.

Ms. Metayer Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Andrea Metayer Science    

My name is Andrea Metayer and this is my fourth year teaching at Classical.  I teach SEI Introduction to Biology B and SEI Biology C. I hold a BS degree in biology and middle school education and am currently working on my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Mr. Waldron Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Russ Waldron Social Studies    
RW Mr. Waldron has worked with youth his entire life. After four years as a youth advisor in two schools – one in Mexico and the other in Honduras, Mr. Waldron completed his college degree at Gordon College. Following that, he received his master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Boston University. Mr. Waldron speaks Spanish fluently, as a result of his work in Latin America.

He began his teaching career in Lynn in 1986, and taught in two other schools before Classical High. In 2004, he qualified to teach history, and today teaches US History 1 to ESL students from more than 20 countries.

He has always enjoyed the opportunity to get to know students from all over the world. ”That’s my favorite part of the job,” he says with great enthusiasm. “I love learning about the cultures and customs of my kids. They show me so many new things.”

Mr. Waldron and his wife have three children, all grown up. His son is also a history teacher, who works at English High School. Mr. Waldron is a grandfather and a poet who has published several poems in local publications.

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