• ESL Staff and ACS ESL Plan



     Ashe County Schools ESL Staff

    Margaret Rutkowsky

    Margaret Rutkowsky

    My name is Margaret-Jean Rutkowsky.  I teach at Blue Ridge Elementary School, Ashe County Middle School, and Ashe County High School.  I grew up in Western North Carolina, not far from Ashe County.  I have a Bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree from University of Nottingham in England.  I am certified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), middle grades ELA and Social Studies.   I am happy to be working in Ashe County where I can help students achieve their academic and language goals. 

    Lisa Sibaja

    My name is Lisa Sibaja, and I work at Mountain View Elementary School.  My teaching experiences include working with grades PreK-12 in art, theater, foreign language and English as a Second Language.  After teaching ESL in Maryland, Virginia, and overseas, I returned to my home state of North Carolina in 2015 to work with children in Ashe County.  I want to help students enjoy learning, gain confidence in their ability to communicate, and achieve their academic and personal goals.

    Kathy Evans
    My name is Kathy Evans and I am the ESL teacher for Westwood Elementary School, Ashe County High School, and Ashe County Early College. I have been an educator in North Carolina since 1996. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University.   I am certified to teach English as a Second Language. (ESL), Library Media, English 9-12, and middle grades language arts.  

    In 2009, I transitioned from being a school librarian to an ESL teacher.  As a librarian I loved helping English Language Learners and getting to know the families of children from different countries.  One day I received a card from a student thanking me for helping her with English when she was a newcomer to this country. This caused me to consider how I could make a difference in another area of education.
    It is a huge responsibility and honor to be entrusted with teaching English to speakers of other languages.  I am fortunate to have a job that challenges and fulfills me every day.


  • Rutkowsky, Margaret

    Email:  margaret.rutkowsky@ashe.k12.nc.us

    Evans, Kathy

    Email:  kathy.evans@ashe.k12.nc.us

    Taylor, Julie

    Business:  336-246-7175
    Email:  julie.taylor@ashe.k12.nc.us

    Sibaja, Lisa

    Email:  lisa.sibaja@ashe.k12.nc.us