By Ling-Mei Wong
Long-term Chinatown resident Cynthia Soo Hoo will become interim principal at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School on July 1. She replaces Simon Ho, who will retire.
Soo Hoo was raised in Boston’s Chinatown and attended the Josiah Quincy School. She began teaching in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) district in 2000 as a fifth grade teacher at Josiah Quincy School and has remained at the school for the past 15 years.
“During my 15 years at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School, I have sat on many school leadership teams and committees and served in many roles, all of which have allowed me to collaborate and develop partnerships with parents, staff, community members and partnering organizations in order to work towards preparing our children to be global citizens,” said Soo Hoo in a prepared statement.
Her current role is instructing teachers on innovative ways to educate students through online collaboration and technology. In 2012, Soo Hoo completed a principal residency program and was recognized as one of Boston’s educators of the year in 2013, receiving the Anne Dow award for excellence and creativity.
Interim BPS superintendent John McDonough commended Ho’s work. “I want to personally recognize Simon Ho for his tireless efforts, passionate commitment to students, and his hard work with educators and staff alike to ensure the Josiah Quincy is a place where students and families feel welcomed, supported and appreciated,” he said in a letter to parents.
Soo Hoo is the daughter of Hing Soo Hoo and the late Mary Soo Hoo, growing up across from the school. The family, including her sisters Angela and Jadine, remain active in the community.
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