Welcome to the English Language Learners Program (ELL)

The mission of our department is to provide and maintain a student-focused, culturally and linguistically sensitive service for bilingual students, parents, families and staff of the Marysville School District. 

The ELL Department has the privilege of working with and providing support to over 900 multilingual students and families in our district who speak more than 36 languages. We will make every attempt to communicate, whenever feasible, with all parents and students in a language they can understand. We are committed to working and collaborating with parents, students and Marysville School District staff and community agencies to help our students achieve academic and personal success. 

Research shows that when parents and schools work together, children succeed. We appreciate the collaboration with our families, their involvement, and support of education. 

Again, welcome to the Marysville School District. We sincerely look forward to meeting you!

More information on ELL Programs is available through OSPI at OSPI Bilingual Program

Staff Resources


Wendy Messarina Volosin and Svetlana Pasonok are Parent/Community Liaisons for Spanish and Russian/Ukrainian speaking families in the Marysville School District. They work for all 22 schools, Kindergarten through High School (Grades K-12). There is approximately 1000 ELL students in our district. Six hundred are Spanish Speaking and Eighty are Russian/Ukrainian speaking approximately.

Since 2007, Our Parent/Community Liaisons have organized many ELL family events in our district, providing helpful information about how to navigate the school system, transitioning between school levels, reading nights, math nights, and summer activities. They have received extensive training on Multicultural Awareness and Diversity Competency and Family Engagement.

Their main responsibilities are connecting Multicultural families with schools, community outreach, partnership, orientation for new non English Speaking families, providing information of resources in schools and community and support employees by reaching out the ELL families.

Since 2012, the Natural Leaders Program (WA Alliance for Better Schools) began and they also provide orientation for new families, and facilitate training for school staff (as needed). Wendy and Svetlana also, are our district District Leads for this program. Wendy and Svetlana have the expertise and knowledge on cultural competency so they facilitate Family Engagement between schools and Multicultural families. Also, they do district wide translations in Spanish and Russian. (Forms, letters, flyers etc) and some times, Interpreting services for schools, for specific meetings.


Assist Families:

  • Navigate the school system
  • Provide information of Resources available in schools and community
  • Provide District-wide translations (written communication)
  • Orient  new ELL and Multicultural volunteer parents to MSD25
  • Support the District's Natural Leaders team
  • Support parent involvement among multicultural families

Assist MSD Employees

  • Provide District-wide translations (written communication) and already translated material (Spanish and Russian)
  • Help Bridge the home school Gap
  • Reach out to hard-to-reach or at-risk families (attendance, academic issues)
  • Work with principals, counselors and teachers to provide support services
  • Make home visits (as parent liaisons, not interpreters. If you need an interpreter, please request it)
  • Connect with families
  • Work with school leads to coordinate an action plan for growing the NL teams.
  • Provide information on community resources available for ELL and Multicultural families
  • Provide information of translated material in different languages
  • Survey on community needs
  • Research the importance of parent participation in schools

Assist Community Leaders

  • Support public relations efforts
  • Build community outreach opportunities 
  • Provide leadership among Marysville's Hispanic and Russian communities
  • Serve as liaisons between community organization and families

Learning English in Washington Schools

Knowing and using English is necessary for success in school. This infographic shows how schools and parents play important roles in helping students who need additional help learning English get the assistance they need.