English Learner Resources

El Departamento de Adquisición de Inglés como parte de Servicios de Instrucción apoya unos 4,100 estudiantes aprendiendo inglés enel Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Marcos. El departamentoestá involucrado con una gran variedad de proyectos para mejor servir las necesidades de los estudiantes, padres, miembros de la comunidad y empleados del distrito.



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.

English presentation
Spanish presentation

Spencer Wavra, Ed.D.

Spencer Wavra, Ed.D. 
Director, Special Programs

With over twenty years in the field of public education, Dr. Spencer Wavra has both teaching and administrative experience at the elementary, secondary, and county levels. Beginning his career as a middle school Social Studies and Special Education teacher, he has held numerous site and district leadership positions, including Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Special Education. Most recently, Dr. Wavra served as the Principal of San Marcos Middle School from 2017 to 2021.

As a proud San Marcos Unified School District parent and community member, Dr. Wavra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Redlands, as well as a Master of Arts and Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.

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) 

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Patricia 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)

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
Spencer Wavra Director 760-752-1271 [email protected]
Patricia Kurylo (bilingual) Administrator for K-12 EL Students 760-290-2385 [email protected]
Ryan Archer  Testing Coordinator  760-290-2380 [email protected]
Nancy Lucio (bilingual) Administrative Secretary II 760-752-1272 [email protected]
Raqael Hernandez (bilingual) Testing Assistant 760-290-2996 raquel[email protected]
Fax Number 760-744-1041