Mrs. Zapien is the lead ESOL teacher as well as the CARE lead for the school. She has worked at McAuliffe for 14 out of her 15 years teaching. Mrs. Zapien believes that all students can learn given the opportunity. She has a master's degree which focuses on the curriculum and education of students who speak English as a second language. She is able to sign in American Sign Language and can speak some Spanish.  She is currently working on a K-3 endorsement because she believes that she should have the same training as the homeroom teachers with whom she works with daily. Her goal for her students is to make learning so interesting that they will become life-long learners.

Mrs. Melissa Gee has been an ESOL teacher at McAuliffe for 3 years.  She has been teaching for 12 years and loves her students at McAuliffe!  In her spare time, Mrs. Gee enjoys reading, writing, walking her dogs, spending time at the gym and gardening.


Mr. Sutcliffe began teaching English as a Second Language thirty years ago. He has taught adults English at community schools, community colleges, universities, language schools, businesses and factories and now he teaches elementary school students. This is his fourteenth year of teaching ESOL at McAuliffe Elementary School. The challenges are wide ranging, but the rewards are still the same: the satisfaction of seeing people learn to believe in themselves and accomplish more because of what they know.

Ms. McFarland has been working for PWCS since 2013. She permanently joined the McAuliffe team in 2018.  She is happy to make McAuliffe her home for a second year.  She is currently supporting students in both 4th and 5th grade.

Ms. Zacherl works as a part-time ESOL instructor.  She is currently supporting Kindergarten and 3rd grade students.

Mrs. Jackson works as a part-time teacher of students with special needs and a part-time teacher of ESOL.  She has been working at McAuliffe since 2017 and she enjoys working with students in all grade levels.

We would like to welcome you and your child to our program. If you have any needs or concerns, please contact your child's ESOL teacher. Also, if you have any questions about paperwork that is sent home, please let us know. We will be happy to be of assistance.