English Language Development

Ms. Walsh:  English Language Development

Welcome to the Pioneer Elementary ELD page!  ELD students have a language-of-influence. For some, English is their second language.  For many others, someone in their life regularly speaks another language with them. The purpose of ELD is to support these students across the curriculum in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

This is my second year at Pioneer, and I am thrilled to be here full time this year.  Your child’s English Language Learning Plan will tell you more about the frequency and type of service your child will receive this year.  I will be pushing in, pulling small groups, and, in some cases, seeing students 1:1.

A little about me:  This school year is my 35th year in education.  I earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Colorado.  I completed my Reading Specialist certification in the state of Missouri, and earned my Linguistically Diverse endorsement from the state of Colorado.  My experience includes 14 years as a classroom teacher, 15 years as a Reading Intervention teacher, 2 years as a coach, and 3 years as an ELD teacher.

As you know from the summer newsletters, Little Free Libraries are my favorite.  Great news: Pioneer now has one located just outside of the front doors! Watch my newsletter throughout the year for updates about our adventures with Little Free Books!

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).