Ms. Soraya Sotto-Santiago

Ms. Soraya Sotto-Santiago

Soraya has been a teacher for 17 years. Of those, she has taught Dual Language for 4 years and has now been an Instructional Facilitator of the BCPS Dual Language Program for the last 2 years.

Dual Language Instructional Facilitator
Broward County Public Schools in Florida

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About this Speaker

Inspired by powerful educators who taught me to do everything with passion, I decided to pursue the path of pedagogy. I cherish how loving Ms. Guadalupe was in primary; how strict, caring, and intellectual Mrs. Latoni was in middle school; and how patient Mr. Velez was in high school as I was learning another language. I was fortunate to study two things I love: History and Education to honor them. I wanted to be THAT teacher many students need in order to learn. Most importantly, I want to pay it forward to my community. Although I always took a language class as a special, I formally started my path in bilingual education when I was registered in a bilingual school in 10th grade. I definitely identify with anyone learning a second language and recognize how important is to be supported at school to be successful.

The first half of my career was in Puerto Rico as a secondary Social Sciences teacher. Then, with the English learned in my high school years, I migrated to Florida and decided to be an elementary teacher. I found the perfect fit in Broward's Dual Language Program. As a Dual Language educator, I've had the opportunity to teach in all modalities of the program, partnered, self-contained, multi-grade, etc. I am very passionate and describe myself as a "triumph accelerator" who would like other educators to see themselves as such.

Like most Hispanics, I proudly carry both of my parents' last names and so do my three beautiful children ages 15, 12, and 9.

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