English Langauge Learners (ELLs)

  • Currently, there are nearly 1,300 English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled in the Chapel Hill- Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS). English Language Learners are students still working towards proficiency in English, as measured by listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

    CHCCS is proud to offer two methods for meeting the specific educational needs of these students. English as Second Language (ESL) programs are offered at every school in our district. We also offer a Dual Language program at Frank Porter Graham Elementary (Spanish/English), limited Dual Language classes at Carrboro Elementary (Spanish/English), and Glenwood Elementary (Mandarin Chinese/English). Visit the Dual Language office for more information.

    In addition to meeting the educational needs of our English Language Learners, CHCCS, its faculty, and staff also strive to effectively communicate with the parents and guardians of our ELLs, no matter what language they speak. We achieve this through use of staff and contract translators/interpreters, bilingual employees throughout the district, and use of on-line technologies.

Who to Contact to Arrange Translations and Interpretations

  • The goal of CHCCS is to communicate effectively with ALL parents, regardless of language spoken.


    For Parents

    Call 919-967-8211 x28241 to request assistance with interpretation services
    Email translation@chccs.k12.nc.us to request assistance with interpretation services


    For CHCCS Employees

    Simultaneous interpretation equipment

    For large group events such as parent nights or community events, callMichael Eshleman at 919-967-8211 x28241 or email meshleman@chccs.k12.nc.us for assistance.


    District or site-based documents to be sent to parents/community, submit a ticket  Translation/Interpretation Requests Form on the VINE (CHCCS Employee Google Account login required).

    Face-to-face interpretation

    For small meetings (parent conferences, etc), submit a ticket through our Translation/Interpretation Requests Form (CHCCS Employee Google Account login required).



District Contacts for Interpretation/Translation services

First Name Last Name Position Email Phone
Helen Atkins ESL Coordinator hatkins@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-967-8211 x28353
Michael Eshleman Executive Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction meshleman@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-967-8211
Loyal Wai Burmese/Karen Interpreter: lwai@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-967-8211
Sandra Pereira Spanish Interpreters spereira@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-967-8211
Daniel Perez Spanish Interpreters aniel.perez@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-967-8211