Natalie French

Director of English for Speakers of Other Languages
West Des Moines Community Schools in West Des Moines, Iowa

Natalie French serves as the Director of English for Speakers of Other Languages for the West Des Moines Community School District. She is a former ESOL Curriculum Lead, ESOL teacher, and Spanish teacher. She has directly worked with junior high English learners in addition to supporting programming and professional learning for all English learners and staff in the district. In collaboration with the ESOL department in WDM, she has worked to develop and facilitate professional learning to support all teachers in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. She has experience at the district and building level in organizing and administering language assessments and the ELPA21. Natalie has also collaborated with the state of Iowa and the ELPA21 consortium in the development of the ELP Standards Training Modules. At the district level, she has facilitated learning focused on the standards with all ESOL teachers and building PLCs.