Language Acquisition

The vision of the Language Acquisition Department is to provide differentiated support to our schools in order to foster leadership and build capacity in our district.

The mission of the Language Acquisition Department is to increase student achievement by developing English language proficiency.

Sonia Bustamante
Sonia Bustamante began her educational career in 1998 after working for fifteen years in the private business sector. She taught 4th and 5th grades in bilingual classrooms in surrounding districts and then she went into an EL Coach position. Sonia went into administration as an Assistant Principal before coming to Cartwright in 2006 as the Assistant Director of Language Acquisition before becoming the Director of Language Acquisition where I still am currently employed.
Maggie Brennan
Assistant Director
Before Maggie Brennan came to Cartwright, she taught for ten years in elementary bilingual classrooms and the Gifted Program for Title 1 districts in the Phoenix area. Now in Cartwright, she has proudly served as Assistant Principal for John F. Long Elementary, and in her current position as Assistant Director of Language Acquisition.

Administrative Coordinator

Maryann Reed
English Language Development Specialist
Maryann Reed began her education career teaching 5th grade. She taught mainstream and English Learner students in 2nd-6th grade for 16 years before coming an Interventionist and Instructional coach. This is her 3rd year in the Cartwright School District. She was a Reading Interventionist at Frank Borman School for two years before becoming an English Language Development Specialist. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. She enjoys working with students and teachers to achieve their highest potential.
Shahla Nye
English Language Development Specialist
Shahla Nye started her education career teaching 1st grade English Learner students. She taught EL students in grades 1, 2, 3, multi-age and 7 for several years before she became a teacher Librarian and Instructional Coach. This is her 6th year at Cartwright School District as an English Language Development Specialist. She holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University as well as an English as a Second Language and reading endorsements. She loves supporting teachers and students to reach their ultimate success.
Belinda Morales
Administrative Technician
Bertha Aguilera
Administrative Technician
Bertha began working in the Cartwright School District in August 1996 as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant at Byron A. Barry School and in September 2003 she joined the team in the Language Acquisition Department where she has been for the last 14 years.
Elaine Flores
Administrative Technician
Isela Longo
Administrative Technician
Rosa Valdez
Administrative Technician
Rosa has been working in the Cartwright School District for 13 years. She started at Borman in May 2004 as a teaching assistant in a part time position. The following year she worked as an administrative assistant where she was responsible for attendance and discipline at the 6th grade center. In January 2010 she moved to the Language Acquisition Department and has since worked there.
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