Winchester Elementary Collaborates with Mt. San Jacinto College

Winchester Elementary School has collaborated with Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) to offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults in the community. The class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.


Mrs. Maria Leanza, a retired teacher, is teaching her second semester of ESL classes at Winchester. The 28-week class allows adults from a variety of English comprehension levels to take the class. The class members vary from beginner to intermediate. The intermediate students this semester were fortunate enough to take Mrs. Leanza’s class last semester.


The number of people taking the class grew significantly this semester. Last semester, Mrs. Leanza said she had around 12 in her class. This semester, an average of twenty people are now enrolled. This class is a learning opportunity for adults who are trying to learn English. The class is open to the public and is offered at no charge.


Mrs. Leanza tailors her class topics based on current news. For example, September 16th was Constitution Day and the class was given information about how the United States Constitution was formed, when it was signed, and discussed the Bill of Rights.


Mrs. Leanza said she is always inspired by the amount of effort she sees from her students. She loves being able to teach and help people in their journey to learn English.  

These classes are also offered on the Rancho Viejo Middle School and McSweeny Elementary School campuses. If you are interested in taking this informational class, please call Mt. San Jacinto College at 951-487-3707 for more information.