Latino Liaison

  • Latinos are the fastest growing student population in the United States and at Evanston Township High School with nearly 17% of the ETHS student body identifying as Latino.

    For more than a decade, staff members at ETHS have collaborated with students, parents and community members to identify ways to amplify the voices and concerns of Latina/o students and their families at the high school. The Latino Liaison/Minority Languages Coordinator assists ETHS Latino students and their families as well as students and families who speak languages other than English to address their needs and maximize their education experience.

    Located in the Welcome Center (Room E112), the Office of the Latino Liaison/Minority Languages Coordinator provides the following:

    • Provides Latino families with information about their child's academic experience
    • Responds to questions or concerns over the phone and in person during the school day to address Latino parent issues or concerns with counselors, social workers, school administrators, and teachers
    • Works with ETHS staff and advocates to develop programs and resources that prioritize the needs of Latino families
    • Serves as a Spanish language interpreter for residency and school registration, academic program registration, Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, parent-teacher conferences, attendance, discipline or safety concerns, and certain schoolwide events as well as translation of essential school documents. Coordinates interpreters and translations in other languages, as needed
    • Facilitates workshops to educate Latino parents about ETHS’ expectations, procedures, and resources
    • Develops activities to engage parents who speak languages other than English or whose primary educational experiences have been outside of the U.S.
    • Supports the efforts of the Latino Advisory Committee, a parent, student and community committee.

Contact

  • Latino Liaison/Minority Languages Coordinator
    Mercedes Fernández
    (847) 424-7166
    fernandezm@eths.k12.il.us
     
    Office Location - Welcome Center, E112 Building Map

Office Hours


  • Regular Summer
    Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm 8:00am-4:30pm
    Friday 8:00am-4:00pm Closed