Aníbal Soler, Jr. received a bachelor’s degree in art education from Daemen College. As a student, he was a resident assistant and captain of the men’s basketball team.
After completing his degree, Soler began his teaching career as a middle school art teacher in Rochester, N.Y. He moved quickly up the ranks, serving as instructional technology teacher, academy director, and then principal. In 2014, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change.
Soler returned to Western New York in 2016 with his family. After two years as principal at North Park Academy, he was promoted to associate superintendent of strategic alignment and innovation for Buffalo Public Schools. In his current role, he is responsible for adult education, athletics, community schools, and the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.
Soler credits his success to the outstanding educational experience he received at Daemen. He fondly remembers various coaches, professors, support staff, and teammates that helped mold his leadership and passion for working with others.
“My years at Daemen were some of the best in my life,” said Soler. “Daemen provided me an opportunity to grow both on and off the court, and helped me find my passion and develop the necessary skills to be a leader and advocate for others.”