English as a Second Language (ESL)

At Garlough Environmental Magnet School, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to teach district curriculum supported by second language acquisition strategies. Grade level content is made comprehensible using sheltered instruction and scaffolding techniques to meet individual students’ language needs and learning styles. ESL teachers provide support in reading, language arts, science, math and intervention time. 

Ms. Heidi Chun 

651-403-8129 | heidi.chun@isd197.org

Mrs. Julia Linehan
651-403-8124 | julia.linehan@isd197.org

Ms. Rachel Swarts
651-403-8168 | rachel.swarts@isd197.org

Ms. Kelsey Thornton
651-403-8166 | kelsey.thornton@isd197.org



Julia Linehan
My name is Julia Linehan, and I have been a teacher at Garlough Environmental Magnet School since 1994. I earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas in 1994 and taught 6th grade, 3rd grade, and 2nd grade until 2009. I also have a license in English as a Second Language from Hamline University and have been teaching English Learners since 2009. I like to spend my spare time with my husband and two sons. I enjoy traveling, reading, and birding.

 Heidi Chun Picture Heidi Chun 
My name is Heidi Chun, and I teach ESL at Garlough Environmental Magnet School. I earned my B.A. from Grinnell College and my M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. I have taught English and Chinese in a variety of contexts since 2010, including in China, in Minnesota school districts, and at Concordia Language Villages. In my spare time, I like to read, garden, and explore the world.

 Rachel Swarts picture Rachel Swarts
My name is Rachel Swarts and I teach the English Language Learners at Garlough Environmental Magnet School. In the past I have taugh as a Spanish teacher at St. Paul Charter school and at Concordia Language Villages. I earned my B.A. in Spanish Education and TESOL in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. in my free time I love to ride my bike, rock climb, camp and go for hikes whenever possible. I look forward to getting to know our students this year at GEMS!


Kelsey Thornton
My name is Kelsey Thornton and I teach ELL at GEMS! In the past I have worked as Family Support Worker, MN Reading Corps Tutor, and Title One teacher. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Psychology, Spanish, and Women's Studies. I received my ESL K-12 license from Hamline University. I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Teaching from Hamline and hope to finish in the fall of 2013.