English as a Second Language (ESL)


The English Language Acquisition (ELA) Department works with children that come to UPark knowing a language other than English.  DPS has created a brochure to help parents understand the choices they have for their children who are learning English.

Meet the UPark ELA Team

esl_anita_murano-sweetman2Anita Murano-Sweetman, ELA Teacher
anita_murano-sweetman@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
In 2001, I was accepted into the DC Teaching Fellows Program. Prior to that I worked at a non-profit organization in Washington, DC as the Coordinator of Interns and Volunteers. I am our full-time ELA Resource teacher and have been here since 2004. It was my 10 year anniversary on January 4, 2014!

Where did you go to college?
For both undergrad and master’s, I went to the American University in Washington, DC. My undergraduate degree is in International Relations with a focus on Latin America and the Spanish Language and Women’s Studies. My Master’s degree is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
Our brilliant sense of community.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would sit on my favorite chair in my living room covered in my kitties and reading magazines! If I was feeling adventurous, I might go out to a coffee shop and read some more.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would be chocolate cake with white marshmallow icing.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
Activist for progressive issues.

esl_RebeccaSueJohnsonNugentRebecca Johnson-Nugent, ELA Teacher
rebecca_johnson@dpsk12.org

What year did you begin teaching?
I began teaching in Mexico in 1996 and I am currently the ELA-S teacher at U Park and have been in this position for 4 years.

Where did you go to college?
My undergrad work was at San Jose State University in California, my master’s is in Applied Linguistics from La Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
My favorite thing about University Park is the diversity of the population. I love what I learn from my students!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would take my kids for a snow walk and out to lunch.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it bee?
Olives. They are a perfect food.

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
I would be a travel writer, wine maker, olive farmer.