Marjorie Soto | Principal, Joseph J. Hurley Dual Language School
Marjorie Soto is the Principal of the Joseph J. Hurley Dual Language School. She has been at the Hurley for eight years. Ms. Soto earned her Masters of Science degree in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from The Pennsylvania State University.
Marjorie Soto was the founding principal of the Providence Academy for International Studies (PAIS), a high school in the Providence, Rhode Island public school system. Ms. Soto began her teaching career in the School District of Philadelphia where she taught ESL and TV/Communications in a middle school bilingual setting in the North Philadelphia area. She has worked as a Supervisor of ESL/Bilingual programs and Lead Academic Coach for ELLs in the Philadelphia public schools.
Ms. Soto was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her family moved to Philadelphia, PA months before her twelfth birthday. There, she entered the public school system as a Limited English Proficient student and learned English in a sheltered environment for one year before being mainstreamed into the regular education program.
Ms. Soto has been working with English Language Learners since 1993. It is her personal mission to not only provide a high quality, engaging, culturally appropriate academic education but to close the achievement gap for Latino students at the Hurley.