• ESL (English as a Second Language) is provided to English language learners (ELLS) as an intensive program of instruction to accelerate acquisition of proficiency in English language and literacy. ESL instruction is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and is accommodated to the student's level of proficiency in English as well as level of academic achievement. Lessons address comprehension, speaking, reading and composition of both oral and written English language. Instruction is provided through content-based classroom instruction.

      Student Eligibility Requirements

      * Identified as a non-English or limited-English speaker based on results of the State-Approved Test 
      * Approved by parents to participate in the program after initial identification


      * Students will progress a minimum of one level of proficiency in English each school year.
      * Students will achieve a rating of Advanced High in proficiency in English within four years.
      * Students will meet the ESL program reclassification criteria and become fully integrated into the general education program.


      My name is Cindy Donnell. I have been teaching in Fort Bend ISD for over 30 years. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Teaching degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. I am certified in kindergarten, grades first through eighth, gifted education, Reading Recovery and English as a Second Language (ESL). I have taught First Grade for and earned my Gifted and Talented certification. I also worked as a Reading Recovery teacher during that same time period. I am currently working as an ESL teacher and have done so for the last several years.

Ms. Cindy Donnell