ESC of Central Ohio News Article

ESC Increasing Support for English Learners

Elizabeth Curtis and Alicia Dyer

To grow its expertise on staff and provide increased support for English learners (EL) staff and students at Central Ohio districts and schools, the ESC has hired two new staff members focused on EL supports effective August 1, 2022. Elizabeth Curtis (pictured on left), regional school improvement facilitator for English learners, will work with partner and Title III consortium districts and schools providing supports and resources for continuous improvement. She will develop partnerships that support family engagement and EL program development for the purpose of assisting all students learn English and comply with state and federal law regarding the education of multi-lingual learners. 
Elizabeth has worked in public education for 17 years, having most recently served as the district EL coordinator for Pickerington Local Schools. In this role she oversaw the district’s K-12 EL programming including, but not limited to, compliance, administration, family engagement, manage Title III and immigrant budgets, data and assessment, EL educational technology, and professional development of staff. Elizabeth also has worked in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida. She has served as a classroom teacher, International Baccalaureate coordinator, educational consultant for an international organization, and gifted coordinator.

Her formal education was completed at the University of Mobile in Alabama, Walden University, and Ohio Dominican University. Elizabeth is married to husband Ryan, has three children (two sons and a daughter) (Sebastian, Liam, and Sophia) and her nephew (Chris). She also has two Shih Tzu’s (Ollie and Dexter). Elizabeth resides in Delaware. She said she is extremely excited about joining the ESC and is looking forward to building strong relationships with districts in the Central Ohio region.  

In partnership with Elizabeth in her role, Alicia Dyer (pictured on right) has been hired as an EL specialist. She will specialize in working with districts, students, families, and communities to support a continuum of EL services. In addition, Alicia will assist districts and schools with options for targeted instructional practice and additional intervention strategies, work with teachers to identify areas of professional need, provide model lessons, assist with planning lessons and units for EL students, and more.

Alicia has worked in public education for 18 years, having most recently served as EL educator at Licking Heights Local Schools. While at Licking Heights, she taught EL students in grades kindergarten through 12. Alicia has also taught in Columbus City Schools and Clark County Schools in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She completed her formal education at Wright State University and Regis University - Las Vegas and has a TESOL endorsement from Capital University. She is married to husband Chuck, has three boys (Thomas, Henry, Oliver) and two dogs (Gus and Julius). She also has 12 goats, 20 chickens and one barn cat named Basil. Alicia said she is thrilled to join the ESC and is looking forward to building strong relationships with school districts in the Central Ohio region.

For more information regarding the ESC’s EL supports for schools, staff, and students, see here:

Elizabeth and Alicia may be contacted at [email protected] and [email protected].

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