English Language Learners

The ELL Department has Administrators that provide help and support to school leaders and ELL coordinators on understanding and implementing mandates. Some of the mandates include student programming, instructional and staffing requirements. They design and deliver professional learning opportunities for English as a New Language, ELL, and content-area teachers.


Pierre J. Galvez- Director of English Language Learners, Districts 27, 28, 29

Pierre Galvez is currently the Director for English Language Learners at the Queens South Field Support Center (QFSS), where he ensures the consistent and effective application of proven ENL instructional practices, citywide initiatives and NYSED mandates in Districts 27, 28 and 29.

Previously, in District 4, he served the community both at the school level, as a founding member of an ESL Middle School and at the Regional level. While at the Regional level he served as a Literacy/ESL Coach, designing professional development and mentoring teachers. He served as an ELL Network Support Specialist at the Integrated Curriculum and Instruction Learning Support Organization where he worked side by side with renowned leaders in the field of linguistics. In later years, he served as the Director of Student Services and as a mentor for teachers and administrators.

Pierre’s commitment and expertise with English as a Second Language will surely elevate the academic achievement of more than 16, 000 English Language Learners in districts 27, 28 and 29 .

Joshua Metz – ELL Services Administrator, Districts 27, 29

Joshua Metz has been an educator in New York City since 2007 when he began working as an ESL/ENL teacher in Far Rockaway, Queens. While teaching ESL, he also held multiple teacher-leadership roles including Dual Language Coordinator and Data Specialist. Before joining the Queens South ELL Team, he served as an Achievement Coach/ELL Specialist with Network 211, supporting schools in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. In addition to supporting ELL instruction, he also provided professional development and ongoing guidance for school leaders and teachers around Advance, Mathematics, and RtI.

Robert Zuzzolo- ELL Services Administrator, Districts 28, 29

Robert Zuzzolo has been a teacher for 16 years. After teaching English as a Foreign Language in Japan for 3 years, he entered the NYCDOE in District 27 as a middle school English Language Arts teacher. He then moved to District 26 to teach English as a New Language for the next 11 years.

Robert has dedicated the past 10 years to be a consummate advocate of English Language Learners and their parents and is excited to be able to broaden his scope as an ELL Service Coordinator for the Queens South Field Support Center.


Marie-Antoinette F. Rousseau - Senior ELL Compliance Performance Specialist, Districts 27, 28, 29

Marie-Antoinette F. Rousseau began her career as an Elementary Common Branch Bilingual teacher in the NYC Department of Education in 1985 in District 18. While teaching Bilingual/ESL, she also held multiple teacher-leadership roles including Teacher of Gifted and Talented. Since 2003, she has planned & facilitated professional development series for a variety of districts and groups of schools/teachers on instructional practices that address the academic, linguistic and cultural needs of ELLs. Before joining the Queens South ELL Team, she most recently served as a Senior ELL Compliance and Performance Specialist for DELLSS where she collaborated with Clusters, Networks, Superintendents and QSFSC on issues related to K-12 instructional and program services for ELLs. Marie-Antoinette F. Rousseau is an enthusiastic, self-motivated educator who possesses the ability to motivate students, staff, and facilitate their learning process. She has dedicated the past 29 years to be a consummate advocate of English Language Learners.


Dimitra Galatsanos - ELL Services Administrator

Dimitra Galatsanos has been working as an English as a New Language teacher in District 28 for the past 9 years. Throughout her teaching career she has held various teacher-leadership roles, including ENL Coordinator, Teacher-Team Facilitator and STARS Classroom Programmer. As a teacher-team facilitator, she has engaged in instructional conversations, supporting teachers' successful implementation of what is learned through theory, demonstration and practice. In collaboration with her school's Professional Learning Committee, she has led Professional Learning Opportunities focusing on school-wide improvement, building teacher capacity and increasing student engagement.

ELL Compliance Resources

To support schools in ensuring that they enact CR Part 154.2 with fidelity, the Division of English Language Learners & Student Support (DELLSS) has made a number of resources available on their Intranet page. (DOE login required)

Check out our NEW Vimeo Channel!

Our Vimeo channel hosts short videos that highlight key insights and takeaways from our professional learning opportunities. LOTE Resources

View a video compilation (DOE Login required)

In honor of National Poetry month, the ELL Division at the Queens South Field Support Center gathered “I Am” Poems from our English Language Learners/Multilingual Leaders. To celebrate our students’ diversity, we compiled students’ personal stories that reflect their cultural backgrounds and educational experiences, as told in their own voices through “I Am” Poems.

View a video compilation of some of the "I Am" Poem Submissions

(DOE Login Required)

Important Reminders

2018 Edition of the Level I New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)

The memorandum provides essential information concerning the administration of Level I of the new edition of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL), which will be administered by schools beginning June 1, 2018. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/nysitell/2018/1317-level1-18.pdf

Ordering of the 2018 Edition of the NYSITELL

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) is a diploma endorsement awarded upon graduation, which recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has updated several of the guiding documents for the implementation of the NYSSB, see description below:

  1. Each criteria in Appendix 1 – “Criteria for Earning the Seal has been labeled (1a, 1b, 1c, etc…) so that each criterion can be easily referenced.
  2. Criteria 1b on Appendix 1 Criteria for Earning the Seal has been updated to:
          1. 1b. ELLs score at the Commanding level on two modalities on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) as demonstrated by an overall scale score of 290.
  3. Korean has now been added to the list of languages in which the AAPPL exam is available on Appendix 2 (Checkpoint C World Language Assessments and Minimum Scores)
  4. The NYS Seal of Biliteracy Handbook has been updated.

Effective February 1, 2018, a new edition of the NYSITELL will take the place of the 2014 edition of the test currently used for the statewide identification of ELLs/MLLs. Until January 31, 2018, continue to use the 2014 Edition of the NYSITELL. Orders of the 2018 Edition of the NYSITELL must be placed by December 15, 2017.

Procedures for Requesting, Shipping, and Storing the 2018 Edition of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL): http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/nysitell/

Ordering of the 2018 NYSITELL Edition: http://portal.nysed.gov/

Ordering of the 2018 NYSESLAT

In accordance to CR Part 154, schools are required to administer the speaking Component between April 9 and May 18; reading, listening, and writing components are to be administered between May 7 and May 18.

As noted in the NYSED memo, you will be required to order NYSESLAT materials through MetriTech's online ordering system.

Procedures for Administering the 2018 edition of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL): http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/nysitell/2018/1317-18.pdf

2017-18 PLO Resources

2016-17 PLO Resources

2015-16 Archive of PLO Resources