Bound For College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Shannon Solis as our new Executive Director. Shannon has served as a Bound For College college prep tutor for two years and her career experience in education is extraordinary. Dr. Solis is currently an English teacher at Village Academy, a Title I school in Delray Beach. At Village Academy Shannon teaches with her identical twin sister, Shar Solis. The Solis sisters are widely loved and respected throughout the Village Academy community.
Shannon holds a Ed.D. in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education, and a Masters in English from SUNY. Dr. Solis has been an educator in the School District of Palm Beach County for twenty-one (21) years. Her experience in the district includes Reading Coach, Instructional Specialist, Department Chairperson, and Program Director.
Additional stops along Dr. Solis’ career path focused on the education of underprivileged students:
- Dr. Solis serves as President of Palm Beach TESOL where she fosters professional development and leadership opportunities for English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers.
- She is a National Board Certified Teacher with expertise in on-line instruction.
- Shannon is a longtime leader and mentor with the nonprofit Take Stock in Children where she has been instrumental in guiding underprivileged high school students to success in college with scholarship support.
- She serves as an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach State College in the College Readiness Department.
Dr. Solis was born in Belize, where she spent her early years. Her family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in the Bronx in New York City. Shannon graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo which she attended on scholarship and where she competed on the track and cross country teams. An avid runner, she has completed twelve (12) marathons. She has taught English in Japan and Senegal, and studied in Australia.
“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Solis has taken the leadership of Bound For College. Her accomplishments and qualifications are remarkable. She will secure the future of Bound For College and our students.” – Leo Ressa, Chairman
Bound For College’s former CEO, Kirsten Stevens was instrumental in assembling an incredibly capable team, establishing organization and community support, and helping to focus efforts on key programing needs over the last five years and we are pleased to announce that she plans to continue her engagement with the organization as a member of the advisory committee.