The Urban Education Program Staff

Meet our Staff

La-Toya K Wilson M.Ed
Director- The Urban Education Program
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La-Toya is a proud alumna of Westfield State University and the Urban Education Program (’98), where earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Science with a concentration in Social Work. Immediately after graduating she was offered a position as an Admission’s Counselor at Westfield State and worked in admissions until she needed to attend grad school full-time. She earned her Master's in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. During her time at UMASS-Amherst she worked as an Assistant Residential Director and continued to give back to the Urban Education Summer Bridge Program serving as an Academic Advisor/First-Year Experience teacher. La-Toya brings over twenty years of experience, nineteen of which were dedicated to the Springfield Public Schools as an Educator, Counselor, and student advocate. This is full-circle for La-Toya to have been a program participant and now the sixth Director of The Urban Education Program to continue the rich history and legacy of the program’s motto- Each One Teach One, Each One Reach One.  

Xandria Sotomayor, B.A., Academic Advisor
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Xandria entered Westfield State University through the Urban Education Program in Summer 2012. Before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, she participated in the Disney College Program and participated in a winter short-term study abroad trip in Nicaragua. While on campus, she was involved with the following organizations: TRiO Peer Mentor, LAFE, SGA, Urban Education Peer Counselor, and the Ely Fitness Center. Xandria has previously worked within the Holyoke Public Schools as a representative of MassHire Holyoke, and within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst. Xandria’s professional careers have been centered on supporting first generation and at-risk youth as well as coaching students with career and professional development needs. Being first generation herself, Xandria is committed to empowering students as they navigate through their accomplishments in higher education.