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English Language Learners

Chelsea Heights Elementary School has students with a rich variety of languages and cultures. There are over eighteen different languages spoken in the homes of Chelsea Heights students.

Students that qualify for English language services receive direct support in English language acquisition. A licensed ELL teacher provides consultation and support to classroom teachers and student support staff based on each student's English language learning needs.

Erika Spofford is one of the Chelsea Heights English Language Learner teachers. This is her fifth year teaching at Chelsea Heights and in SPPS district. Erika received her Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota, Morris in Spanish and Latin American Area Studies. Her Master's degree in Education and K-12 ELL teaching license are from University of Minnesota.  

When she is not teaching, Erika enjoys being outdoors and staying active. She likes to hike, camp and do yoga. She also loves cooking and traveling. 

Erika lives in Minneapolis and has family in Minnesota and Alaska. She loves to get together with her family whenever possible, especially traveling to Alaska! 

Erika is thrilled to be starting her fifth year at Chelsea Heights as it is a wonderful and positive community to work in!

Abdul Osman is the bilingual Educational Assistant for the English Language Learner program at Chelsea Heights. He is fluent in Somali and English.