Ms. Maria Elena Nicolaidou » ESL


Welcome! My name is Maria Elena Nicolaidou, and I am the ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher at Belleville School #10. I am very excited to be a part of the School Ten Family, and I look forward to a successful school year!


I arrived in the United States from Cyprus when I was nine years old with no knowledge of the English language. As a former English language learner, I can relate to the challenges and cultural differences that many English language learners face today in their own classroom environment. I intend to reach all students with diverse needs, disabilities, and language needs. Understanding students’ cultural background and diverse needs through student-teacher interactions and student-centered learning is an important part of my teaching identity. At Montclair State University, I obtained my Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. I am dually certified in P-12 Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESL) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD). During my previous experience working as a teacher intern at Belleville School #8, I worked in a small group setting with English language learners and students with disabilities. In my spare time, I love traveling, working out, and visiting my family back in Cyprus. 


The ESL/ELL program is designed to develop students’ English language proficiency in all four language modalities: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Strengthening proficiency in both these expressive and receptive domains will enable English language learners to be successful in all content areas. 


I look forward to working with your child this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at You may also download the mobile app, TalkingPoints for Parents, to contact me. My code is CM67V2.