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Vanessa Solis regularly spends time in the classrooms at Nativity Jesuit Academy.
“Vanessa has an unwavering commitment to our students and their families.”

~ Sue Smith, President of Nativity Jesuit Academy

Nativity Jesuit Academy Announces New Principal

April 17, 2018 — Nativity Jesuit Academy has announced that Vanessa Solis, who has worked tirelessly to grow the elementary school of Nativity Jesuit, will assume the position of principal on July 1, 2018. She previously served as Director of Elementary School.

“One trait that always impresses me about Vanessa is her sense of gratitude,” said Sue Smith, President of Nativity Jesuit Academy. “She is aware of the opportunities that have brought her this far in life and she works hard every day to make sure that our students have the same opportunities. Vanessa has an unwavering commitment to our students and their families.” 

Solis grew up in Chicago and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds two master's degrees: one from the University of Notre Dame in Educational Leadership and one from Cardinal Stritch University in Urban Education. Solis is a licensed principal in Indiana and Wisconsin.

"As a Latina who grew up in a neighborhood very similar to the neighborhood where our students live, I am immensely honored to be leading Nativity Jesuit Academy’s devoted and talented educators as we provide an extraordinary education to our city’s future leaders,” said Solis. “Having faced similar economic, social and language challenges, I know that every student who walks through our doors has unlimited potential.”

Nativity Jesuit Academy is currently expanding to better serve the needs of Milwaukee’s growing Latino community, evolving from an all-boys middle school to a co-ed K4-8th grade academy. Solis’ first role at Nativity Jesuit Academy was an inaugural position: teaching the school’s first ever K4 class in the fall of 2014. Solis visited the homes of incoming parents and organized workshops that focused on creating partnerships between families and teachers. She also worked to share valuable community resources and lay the groundwork for the elementary school to grow. Solis transitioned to Director of Elementary School in 2016 and worked tirelessly to create a strong ‘one school culture’ that united the middle school and the new elementary school

“I am particularly excited to be serving Nativity Jesuit Academy and its families during this period of growth and change,” said Solis. “We continue to build on and celebrate our Latino culture and live out our Jesuit, Catholic identity."

For more information about Nativity Jesuit Academy and its new principal, please contact Kyle Dlabay at dlabayk@njms.org or (414) 645-1060 ext 151.





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