Stephanie Roman Murley

Director, English Learners



Our department is filled with encouraging and enthusiastic educators committed to our specialty. Our mission statement reflects our hearts: "Know every child; grow every child." 
We are one family with one focus, which is to know each individual child's strengths and help them grow both academically and in character. From passion and perseverance to innovation and intellect, our team of teachers pour everything into helping English Learners see their full potential and be successful in DeSoto County Schools and beyond.
The vision of the DeSoto County Schools English Learners Program is to ensure access to meaningful rigorous instruction for English Learners as well as provide equity for English Learners while maintaining their cultural identity.
DeSoto County Schools values the diverse backgrounds of our students and their unique contributions to the learning community. In order to develop learners who are capable of meeting the challenges of a new language and culture, DCS will support English Learners as they demonstrate social, cultural, and academic competence. This will be done by creating a learning environment that 
  • Expects students to meet rigorous academic standards
  • Facilitates effective communication in English through reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Encourages risk-taking and inquiry


“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all,
love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pelé