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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
jblackwe@rvaschools.net 

Shannon Hall
Elementary Instructional Specialist
shall3@rvaschools.net 

Michelle Litwa
EL Coach, RHSA
¡Con Ganas! Specialist
mquarant@rvaschools.net 

Lily Mirjahangiri
Newcomer Specialist
lmirjaha@rvaschools.net 

Victoria Pierson
LIEP Instructional Coach
vpierson@rvaschools.net 

Morgan Zuffi
Secondary Instructional Specialist
mwalls@rvaschools.net