Ms. Katya Larson
*Due to the number of ELL students, I will not be working at Washington Middle School for now. Please email me if you have any questions.
M, T, W, F (Th)
8:20-10:42 (8:20-10:18): Porter
10:42-1:09 (10:18-11:39): Prep/Check in with Staff, Teachers, and Students/Lunch
1:09-2:42 (11:39-1:51): Meadow Hill
1:54-4:00 Prep (1:12-4:00 ELL Dept. Staff Meeting)
Teachers: Please email me if you would like me to stop by during your prep/lunch or before/after school.
The best way to get a hold of me is via email.
If you need to get a hold of me quickly, please call my cell phone or Shirley Lindburg ext. 1057.
I am the middle school English Language Learning TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) for MCPS. I teach English to students at the middle schools. I am often travelling around the district, but I am always happy to sit down and chat.
A Little Bit About Me
This is my second year as a certified teacher in MCPS. I am encouraged and inspired by the successes my students, colleagues, and myself made last year, and I am hopeful about the gains in language, socialization, and confiedence we will see this year. I was born and raised in Colorado and had the opportunity to travel with family and school. Whether hiking through the Rocky Mountains, rafting down the Una River in Bosnia, or drinking afternoon chai at an elephant reserve in India, I am always searching for new ways to explore cultures and connect with people. This life-long desire to learn about different people and places grew into the desire to teach others. I earned my bachelor's degree in English as a Second Language and Social Studies Education from the Universtiy of Wyoming. I am excited to be a part of the MCPS ELL Department and explore Missoula, Montana.
A Little Bit About the MCPS English Language Learning Department
The ELL Department supports English Language Learners throughout the district.
We believe the entire school community is responsible for the success of English Language Learners.
We believe the diversity of student languages and cultures are an asset to our school community.
We believe every student is entitled to quality instruction that gives them access to the concepts and content that are necessary for high school graduation.
We serve a diverse population of English Language Learners from all different backgrounds. In the past two years, we have been very fortunate and happy to welcome refugee students to Missoula. Most of the refugees in Missoula come from Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, and Syria. If you would like to learn more, you can visit these sites:
- Missoula County Public Schools ELL Department: https://www.mcpsmt.org/Domain/3144
- International Rescue Committee: https://www.rescue.org/united-states/missoula-mt
- Soft Landing Missoula: https://softlandingmissoula.org/
- USA Hello (Previously The Refugee Center Online): http://usahello.org
Anyone interested in becoming an English Language Learning Volunteer must first complete the ELL Volunteer Tutor Application. Once completed, the volunteer must also complete the District volunteer process.
Many University students or TESOL/TEFL candidates need observation hours or interviews from ELL staff in order to complete their program requirements. We are very happy to accommodate and are excited to see a new generation of teachers who are familiar with English Language Learning!
Due to the privacy of our students and the quantity of requests for observation/interviews, we now require specific information before moving forward on any requests. Thank you for your understanding.
If this applies to you, please fill out the following Google Form with as much information as possible.
If you do not hear back right away, please reach out to us via email.
*This form does not apply to UM Level 2 Teacher Candidates who are in the ELL track for your practicum hours.