English Learner (EL)

English Learner Program

The Minnetonka School District offers an educational program to meet the needs of students who are English Language Learners in grades K-12. This program addresses two areas: language acquisition and cultural adjustment.

The English Learner (EL) program may sometimes be referred to as the English Learner Program or English as a Second Language Program. Language is an essential tool for communication and the fulfillment of academic and personal needs. The staff of the EL department fosters meaningful understanding of American English and respect for all languages and cultures by facilitating classroom and personal success.

Our goal is to provide appropriate learning experiences for every EL student with consideration given to each student’s first language levels, English abilities in academic and social contexts, and school readiness.

Minnetonka’s EL program has a Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) plan which is available upon request.

Minnetonka EL at a Glance

  • Approximately 180 students district wide (100 elementary, 80 secondary).
  • Students come from homes that speak more than 40 different languages.
  • The top languages other than English in Minnetonka include: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Cambodian (Khmer) and Arabic.

EL Resources


Christine Breen
Executive Director of Special Education and ELchristine.breen@minnetonkaschools.org

EL Teachers

Chelsea Jordan (Department Chair)
Minnetonka High School

Kristyn Roman
Minnetonka High School

Heather Daldoul
Clear Springs Elementary and MCEC

Maura Devanie
Deephaven Elementary

Jayna Rafferty
Excelsior Elementary

Morgan McAllister
Groveland Elementary and MME

Kari Binning
Minnewashta Elementary and MMW

Tatyana Fridman
Scenic Heights Elementary

District Paraprofessionals

Makayla Bozoian

Debra Black

Tami Braiedy