Read Receiver/Superintendent Soto’s Entry Plan (PDF) | En Español (PDF)
Dear Holyoke Community,
I am honored to be the Receiver/Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools. As many of you know, I began my journey with Holyoke Public Schools as a kindergarten student at Kirkland, moving onto Lawrence, Peck and Dean Technical as I grew. As the Dean Technical salutatorian of the Class of 1999, I would never have imagined that I would come back to HPS as the Chief of Finance and Operations in 2016 and now the Superintendent. I am a testament to the excellent educational foundation that HPS provides our students. My educational and professional journey has taken me further than I ever would have expected. I am humbled and excited to work together with all of you so that every single one of our students has the opportunity to achieve beyond their wildest dreams.
This document outlines my entry plan. The ultimate purpose of the entry plan is for me to build a deeper understanding of our district in order to set a clear path forward for our community that is inclusive of input from all stakeholders. Although I have had the benefit of experiencing HPS as a student, athlete, parent, and employee, I recognize that my own perspective is limited. I am eager to assume the stance of a learner once again – with our students, educators, staff, families, and community members as my teachers.
This entry plan serves as my syllabus for the next seven months. Through talking to many stakeholders, visiting schools and analyzing data, I will develop awareness about the current state of our district, recognize strengths to build upon, and identify areas for further development and growth. These insights will help drive the next phase of our strategic plan. I am also hopeful that, through this process, you all get a chance to know me in a different capacity as well.
Thank you for partnering with me in this entry process. That being said, I recognize that we have a lot of important work to do now to welcome our students and staff back to school after a tumultuous 18 months due to the pandemic. For the time being, our district and school-based teams will continue with the important work that has already been well thought out and planned.
I look forward to this new school year – it will be fantastic to have our buildings full of students and staff again! Please reach out to me with questions. I hope to see you or talk to you soon.