Dr. Steve Chestnut

Dr. Steve Chestnut is the Superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District, where he was appointed in 2012. During his tenure, the district has increased its letter grade from “C” to “B”, implemented a unique academic focus at each school, and last November the community approved a ten percent override proposal. He was the 2010 Washington State Superintendent of the Year. 


English Language Learning


English Language Learning Department

Our English Language Learning Program is here to help students, families, and teachers promote the achievement of students learning English. All of our schools have highly qualified teachers dedicated to your child's academic achievement by teaching them the components of English Language through language ability based groups and small group intervention.

The ELL department provides support for implementation of the Structured English Immersion model to all schools.  The SEI model is designed to increase English language proficiency and the academic achievement of English Language Learners. 

The ELL program provides services which meet state and federal requirements for English learner identification, assessment, instruction and reassessment. (Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) and Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 15, Chapter 7, Article 3.1 ARS §15-751 §15-757 and House Bill 2064).

Students are assessed to determine identification of ELL or non- ELL status.  Arizona law requires students who have any language other than English as a primary or home language to be assessed for English Language Proficiency.  The district uses the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA).  The results of the assessment, or assessment history, determines programming for ELL students.

ELL Program Information

Parent Letter

Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS)

Parents' Guide to Student Success


For more information about ELL services, contact your school’s administration or our ELL department.


Meet our Staff

Gretchen Brown
Director of Multiple Projects
Email: gbrown@musd20.org
Phone: (520) 568-5100 x1009

Ana Carlson
ELL/Curriculum Specialist
Email: acarlson@musd20.org
Phone: (520) 568-5100 x1005

Janine Looper
ELL/Curriculum Paraprofessional
Email: jlooper@musd20.org
Phone: (520) 568-5100 x1058

ELL Department
Maricopa Unified School District #20
44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
Maricopa, AZ. 85138
Phone: (520) 568-5100
Fax: (520) 568-5110




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