Amityville Appoints ENL, World Languages Director

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The Amityville Union Free School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Stephens as the new director of English as a New Language and World Languages. She began her new position on Sept. 1.
    
Stephens has been the supervisor of Language Programs and Assessment Services at Nassau BOCES for the past 11 years. She has previously served as the coordinator of ESL in the Glen Cove School District and was an ESL teacher in White Plains for five years.
    
She holds a certificate of advanced studies in educational administration from SUNY New Paltz, a master’s degree for teachers of English to speakers of other languages from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Binghamton University.

“I am very excited about coming to Amityville and using my experience to help students learn new languages,” Stephens said. “I am pleased that there is a focus on student achievement in the district and I think that I can help.”
    
In Amityville, she will supervise a staff of more than two dozen teachers, and will work to implement new regulations from the New York State Commissioner of Education to better serve the multilingual population.     
    
The Amityville School District offers a strong and supportive ENL program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade with instruction centered on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. The World Languages program offers opportunities for students to learn Spanish or French from seventh grade through college-level courses as juniors and seniors.
    
“We welcome Ms. Stephens to the Amityville School District and she is a welcome addition to our administrative team,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “She brings a wealth of experience and leadership abilities that will benefit our diverse population of language learners.”