GPNA is also excited to announce the hiring of Jesus Solis, who will work as a Community Organizer focused on Spanish outreach. Jesus is a longtime member of our community, and has served as GPNA Board President. We look forward to his work in our neighborhood!
Jesus was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and immigrated at a young age with his parents and 12 brothers and sisters. His family settled in Adrian, Michigan after working in the migrant fields.
Jesus graduated from Adrian High School in a college prep program with the assistance of the Upward Bound program in Siena Heights College. After graduation he attended Eastern Michigan University where he earned a bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and drawing, along with a MDE Teaching Certificate for K-12 Art education, 6-12 Spanish as a Foreign Language and later on a Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership.
Jesus attended MSU to pursue his Ph. D in Teaching, Curriculum & Policy and completed the certification of integrating technology into the curriculum. He began his career at Wayne County RESA as a bilingual para-professional, moved into the Title VII Bilingual Parent Coordinator and eventually Director of the county Bilingual Consortium. From Wayne County Jesus moved to Lansing as an education consultant for the Michigan Department of Education in the office of Field Services where he lasted for twelve years.
Jesus was invited to interview for and administrative position at Grand Rapids Public School where he became a School Improvement Supervisor; Burton Middle School Principal, HR Teacher Facilitator and finally as Supervisor for Fine Arts.
Jesus retired in 2012 to take care of his parents until recently when he return to Grand Rapids and took a position in the fall of 2015 with GVSU College of Education as a Field Coordinator for Student Teachers and Teacher Assistants.
Jesus lives in the Garfield Park Neighborhood and is married to his partner of 13 years.
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