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Amy Nakoul nakoulo@plainlocal.org
Kim Perduk  perdukk@plainlocal.org
Missy Tolbert  tolbertm@plainlocal.org
Mary Williams   williamsm@plainlocal.org
Ying Zhu  zhuy@plainlocal.org

Welcome to the home of Plain Local's English Language Program!

Hello (English) Buenos Dias! (Spanish) Yah Su (Greek) Sua s'dei (Khmer) Hola (Catalan) Salut (French and Romanian) Guten Tag (German) Shalom (Hebrew) Ciao (Italian) Ola' (Portuguese) Jambo (Swahili) Kumusta po kayo (Tagalog)    Adaab (Urdu) Xin chao (Vietnamese)


Meet our Staff Members


Amy Nakoul


My family lives in Plain Local and my husband and I have two girls that attend Plain Local Schools.  I have a teaching degree for Language Arts for grades 5-6 and I speak two languages that give me a great chance to enjoy my job even more.  I love learning about my students' cultures and languages.  When I'm not working, I like to garden and bake, but mostly read.  If you have any questions please contact me anytime.


Kim Perduk


I am beginning my 12th year working as an EL tutor in Plain Local Schools and this is my second year as an EL case manager.   My husband (A Plain Local School board member) and I both graduated from GlenOak and so have all three of our sons!  Some of the things I love doing outside of school are reading, traveling, and watching/cheering on both competitive swimming and basketball.  My teaching degree is in Special Education (K-12)  and I've enjoyed the numerous inservices, workshops and professional development involving EL training.  The best part of being an EL tutor,  besides working with my students, is learning about their cultures and customs as well as getting to know their families.  Please feel free to contact me at my email address any time you have a question. I'm looking forward to another fun, exciting and rewarding school year!!

Melissa Tolbert

My name is Melissa Tolbert.  I have worked in Plain Local Schools for the last 15 years and have been an EL tutor for grades K-12 the last 13 of those years.  I have an early childhood degree from Stark State and many professional development hours in EL training.  I have a ten year old son that attends Glenwood Intermediate School, a three year old daughter, Cadence, and my husband, Josh, who also works for the Plain Local School District in the maintenance department.  My husband and I are both GlenOak graduates and are proud that our son and daughter will also be GlenOak graduates!  Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Mary Williams


I am Mary Williams.  This is my 24th year working as an EL tutor for the Plain Local School District, and I very much enjoy helping our students to grow in their knowledge of the English language.  I, also, love learning about the languages and cultures of our students and their families.  As an EL tutor, there is on-going professional development that is valuable for me to improve on how I help our English language learners.  I like to make the time that I am working with students interesting and fun.  In doing this, I feel we will accomplish much more. Please feel free to contact me at my email address.


Ying Zhu


Hello Plain Local families!  My name is Ying Zhu and this is my first year working in Plain Local as an ESL teacher.  I received my M.S. in TESL from Kent State University and Ohio P-K TESL Teaching Licensure in the year 2017.  Before I moved to Plain, I taught EL students in Mainland China for several years.  I have a two year old daughter and my husband is in the field of Computer Science.  All of my family members are English language learners.  We would like to share our experience as new settlers with all Plain Local EL families.