English Learner Resources

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El Departamento de Adquisición de Inglés como parte de Servicios de Instrucción apoya unos 4,100

estudiantes aprendiendo inglés en el Distrito Escolar
Unificado de San Marcos. El departamento está
involucrado con una gran variedad de proyectos para
mejor servir las necesidades de los estudiantes,
padres, miembros de la comunidad y empleados del distrito.



  • DELAC - District English Learner Advisory Committee
  • ELAC - English Learner Advisory Committee
  • English Learner Roadmap
  • English Learner Master Plan Executive Summary


  • DELAC - Comité Consultivo Distrito para Estudiantes de Inglés
  • ELAC - Comité consultivo del idioma inglés
  • English Learner Roadmap (EDIT)
  • English Learner Master Plan Executive Summary (EDIT)

Multilingual/English Learner Services and Supports

To learn about the services and supports offered for Multilingual/English Learner students within our district, please click on the presentations below.


Dr. Betsy Kannenberg, Director

Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Betsy Kannenberg moved to California in 2001 where she began teaching special education in South Bay Union School District. She moved into Solana Beach School District in 2005, where she worked as a special education and intervention teacher, new teacher support provider, and summer school principal.

Dr. Kannenberg joined San Marcos Unified School District in 2012, as assistant principal of Carrillo Elementary. In 2014, she became principal of Carrillo Elementary, and completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership, focusing on the areas of program evaluation and teacher professional development.

"As an educator, my greatest passions lie in closing the achievement gap and maximizing educational opportunities for all students. I believe in the transformational power of public education, and am invested in the critical work we do in our district to empower learners and inspire possibilities." - Dr. Betsy Kannenberg

Areas of Responsibility

  • Professional Development in Research-Based Strategies
  • Curriculum Collaboration and Planning with Elementary, Middle and Secondary
  • English Learner Master Plan
  • Local Control Accountability Plan (LPAC) 

Photo of Patricia KuryloPatricia Kurylo, Administrator for K-12 EL Students

Patricia Kurylo has worked in the San Marcos Unified School District for the past 35 years. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Bilingual Curriculum and Instruction. She taught third and fifth grades for five years at San Marcos Elementary, and then she moved to Paloma Elementary and taught sixth grade for seven years. She went on to become a Teacher on Special Assignment as the Woodland Park Middle School Community Reading Intervention Teacher and then she became the Assistant Principal at WPMS, where she remained for sixteen years. She then transitioned to San Elijo Middle School and served as Assistant Principal for five years. Ms. Kurylo is now the Administrator for the K-12 SMUSD English Learners. She works with English Learners and their families to promote students in their English language development with the hope that students will leave SMUSD as multilingual students heading into their college and careers.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Language Acquisition Programs and Resources
  • The English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) (previously CELDT)
  • Reclassification of Students and Student Records
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
  • Translations

Contact Our Office

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our department. Para información adicional ponga la flecha y indique el tema o comunique se con el departamento directamente.

Name Title Phone Email
Betsy Kannenberg Director 760-752-1271 betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org
Patricia Kurylo (bilingual) Administrator for K-12 EL Students 760-290-2385 patricia.kurylo@smusd.org
Ryan Archer  Testing Coordinator  760-290-2380 ryan.archer@smusd.org 
Nancy Lucio (bilingual) Administrative Secretary II 760-752-1272 nancy.lucio@smusd.org
Adriana Trevino (bilingual) Testing Assistant 760-290-2996 adriana.trevino@smusd.org
Melanie Fernandez (bilingual) Data Tech 760-290-2993 melanie.fernandez@smusd.org
Fax Number 760-744-1041
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