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ESOL Counseling Services

ETC staff


ESOL Transition Counselors (ETC) provide counseling services to English Language Learners (ELL) in grades Pre-K through 12. Counselors support students from a cross-cultural perspective so they can succeed academically and adjust to a new social and cultural environment while helping them stay meaningfully connected to their culture. The ETCs are a diverse team of professionals who provide counseling services districtwide and are located in schools offering intensive English services.

The Role of the ESOL Transition Counselors (ETC)


Our Services

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide individual and group multicultural and multilingual counseling services to ESOL and METS students.
  • Assist in the cultural, social and emotional adjustment of ESOL students in MCPS.
  • Work with school staffs and ESOL students in resolving crisis situations.
  • Assist in resolving conflicts arising from cross-cultural misunderstandings.
  • Assist ESOL students in developing decision-making skills and coping skills.
  • Collaborate with school staff and administration in cross-disciplinary problem solving processes, as necessary.
  • Assist ESOL students in developing awareness of academic, social and career alternatives in MCPS and beyond.
  • Guide students in developing awareness of academic, social, and career choices within MCPS and community.
  • Provide career and vocational counseling.
  • Work in collaboration with school-based counselors and administrators to meet the needs of ESOL students.

How To Contact Us

We recognize the importance of supporting your child and can help you with questions or concerns that may arise during the school year.

To access ESOL counseling services:

Schools with an assigned ESOL Counselor

  • Complete Referral for ESOL Counseling (MCPS Form 335-60) and submit it to the assigned ESOL Counselor.
  • The form can be filled out electronically and printed from your browser, or a blank form can be printed and filled out by hand.

Schools without an assigned ESOL Counselor

ETCs can also provide support in the languages listed below. Please send an email to one of the ETCs listed below for assistance.

Mrs. Nazareth Aregai Francis Scott Key MS
Silver Spring International MS
French Ms. Leocadie Bader Bel Pre ES
Farmland ES
Flora M. Singer ES
Spanish Ms. Rina Chaves Neelsville MS
Julius West MS
Ms. Elisabeth Fisher Georgian Forest ES
Joann Leleck ES
A. Mario Loiederman MS
Ms. Tamar Hill Parkland MS
Rocky Hill MS
Watkins Mill ES
Haitian Creole
Ms. Tekshia Innocent Brown Station ES
Kemp Mill MS
New Hampshire Estates ES
Haitian Creole
Mrs. Edelle Jean Argyle MS
Newport Mill MS
Mrs. Vickie Kwong Harmony Hills ES
Tilden MS
Vietnamese Mr. Thomas Le Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS
Weller ES
Korean Mrs. Joy Lee Lakelands Park MS
Watkins Mill ES
Spanish Mr. Walter Marroquin Wheaton Woods ES
Spanish Ms. Evelyn Montecinos Arcola ES
Earle B. Wood MS
Rolling Terrace ES
Spanish Mrs. Monica Pimienta Eastern MS
Sligo MS
Spanish Ms. Ana E. Rivas Forest Oak MS
Magruder HS
Rock View ES
Spanish Mr. Marvin Rivas-Perez Odessa Shannon MS
South Lake ES
Twinbrook ES
Spanish Ms. Maya Vakas Roscoe Nix ES
Whetstone ES
Spanish Ms. Monica Valencia Ridgeview MS
Summit Hall ES
Spanish Ms. Ashley Vergara Gaithersburg ES
Sargent Shriver ES
Mandarin Ms. Esther Wei Clarksburg HS
Seneca Valley HS
Spanish Mrs. Norca Yarborough Gaithersburg MS
Montgomery Village MS