Seymour Dual Language Academy

Rria Cruz-Soto


Stephen Polera
Vice Principal

DASA Coordinators:

Stephen Polera
Pedro Abreu

Contact Information:

Main Office: (315) 435-4645
Nurse's Office: (315) 435-4973

School Address:

108 Shonnard Street
Syracuse, NY 13204

School Hours:

8:50 AM - 4:00 PM

About The Principal, Rria Cruz-Soto 

Mrs. Rria Cruz-Soto is in her fourth year as principal of Seymour Dual Language Academy. She has also served as a Vice Principal at Seymour for one year and a Middle School Dean/Administrative Intern for two years in the Hamilton Central School District. She began her career in education as a High School Spanish Teacher at Hamilton Central School. In her six years of working in the Hamilton Central School District, she also served as a sixth grade teacher and as a teacher leader. Ms. Cruz-Soto states “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” (Malcolm X) Mrs. Cruz-Soto holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education/Urban Education, Master’s degree from Utica College in Educational Leadership and Administration, New York State School Building Leadership Certification and New York State School District Certification from Utica College. 

La Sra. Rria Cruz-Soto está en su cuarto año como directora de Seymour.  La Sra. Rria Cruz-Soto tambien sirvió como un Vice-Directora en la Academia de Seymour de Dos Idiomas por un año y una Administrativa Interna durante dos años en el Distrito Escolar de Hamilton Central. Ella comenzó su carrera en educación como maestra de Español secundaria en la Escuela de Hamilton Central. En sus seis años de trabajar en el Distrito Escolar de Hamilton Central, también ha sido maestra de sexto grado y como líder de maestras. Rria Cruz Soto afirma que "La educación es nuestro pasaporte al futuro, mañana pertenece a las personas que preparan hoy." (Malcolm X) La Señora Cruz Soto tiene una Licenciatura de Kutztown University de Pennsylvania en Educación Elemental/Educación Urbano, Maestría de la Universidad de Utica en Liderazgo Educativo y Administración, Certificación del Edificio Escolar del Estado de Nueva York de Utica College y Certificación del Distrito Escolar del Estado de Nueva York de Utica College.

About The Vice Principal, Stephen Polera

Mr. Stephen Polera has served as Vice Principal at Seymour Dual Language for three years and a Administrative Intern for two years in the Utica City School District. He began his career in education as a High School Math Teacher at Thomas R. Proctor High School. In his seven years of working in the Utica City School District, he also served on numerous school and community committees including the roll out and implementation of the new Common Core Algebra Curriculum in 2013. He has also had many opportunities to offer professional development to teachers through the Mohawk valley Writing Project at Utica College and has been trained as a teacher leader in the Integrated Co-teaching model though BOCES. Mr. Polera holds a Bachelor’s degree from Utica College in Math Education, Master’s degree from Utica College in Educational Leadership and Administration, and New York State School Building Leadership Certification. 


Students attending Seymour Dual Language Academy will be empowered to use the academic, social, technological, and cultural skills developed at Seymour to meet the demands of a competitive global community.


The mission of Seymour Dual Language Academy is to develop our students’ academic, social, technological and cultural skills through excellence in teaching and challenging curriculum. We engage students in rigorous learning experiences aligned to Common Core Learning Standards.


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