6th Grade

Welcome From Ms. Soto, Assistant Principal

Ms. Maritza Soto,  Assistant Principal

Dear Sixth Grade Families and Students, 

I would like to personally welcome you to the Irwin Altman Middle School 172 family and let you know that I will be working directly with you and your child during their three years at our school. This is my seventh year as an Assistant Principal at Middle School 172 and during this time I’ve had the honor of working closely with the families of two graduating cohorts. Prior to serving the District 26 community, I was an Assistant Principal for three years at Sheepshead Bay High School in District 22 and an ELA teacher for eight years at I.S 61 in District 24. In addition, I am a mother of two daughters. My oldest is starting her freshman year in college and my youngest is starting sixth grade.  

I know the challenges of parenting has increased due to the pandemic and understand as an educator and mother, how scary a transition year can be.  With that said, I want you to know that I, our sixth-grade teacher team, and our support staff will be here for you and your child every step of the way. I am a firm believer in the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” and my goal is to ensure a supportive social-emotional climate where each individual child can flourish to their highest potential. 

Kind Regards, 

Ms. Soto