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Language Instruction Educational Programs

LIEP Purpose and Vision

Purpose: Richmond Public Schools’ Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) is the bridge that supports, connects, and motivates English learners towards success. LIEP supports English language proficiency for students with a primary language other than English so they may thrive in an academic environment and exceed academic standards. 

Vision Statement: Richmond Public Schools, a district of ExcELLence, invisions and is committed to meeting the needs of all English learners and their families through equitable access to academic content and social-emotional learning by creating a climate in which all English learners thrive in their schools and communities. 

LIEP Service Models

Richmond Public Schools offers four LIEP service models:

  • ESL
  • Content classes with integrated ESL
  • Newcomer 
  • Two-way Dual Language Immersion

Our Instructional Team

Dr. Jennifer Blackwell
LIEP Director 

Shannon Hall
Elementary Instructional Specialist 

Michelle Litwa
EL Coach, RHSA
¡Con Ganas! Specialist 

Lily Mirjahangiri
Newcomer Specialist 

Victoria Pierson
LIEP Instructional Coach 

Morgan Zuffi
Secondary Instructional Specialist