Luis R. Soria, Vice President
Luis R. Soria is the Principal of Dr. Marcella R. Kelly School in Holyoke. Originally from Chicago, Luis moved to Western Mass in 2016 to serve in Holyoke Public Schools. His journey as an educator began in 1992 as a teacher of English Learners, returning with pride to the neighborhood elementary school he attended in the Little Village community in Chicago. In 2000, he was the first Latino in Illinois to pursue and achieve National Board Certification. Since then, he has served children as a Bilingual Lead Teacher, Mathematics-Science Coach, Reading Coach, Management Support Director, and Principal.
Prior to joining Holyoke Public Schools, Luis served as one of thirteen Assistant Superintendents for Chicago Public Schools. There he led thirty-three elementary school administrators and staff in the Network of Chicago with the highest population of low-income students, and English Learners.
Luis is the recipient of the prestigious Oppy Award from the Oppenheimer Family Foundation and the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award. He most recently served on the Steering Committee of the University of Chicago Consortium of School Research.
Who We Are
“Students that were struggling readers became narrators and learned to read with ease. The students gained so much confidence. They learned how to work together cooperatively, and the value in supporting each other. This was a tremendous learning experience for all of us.”
~ 3rd grade teacher, Holyoke, MA