BELDING — The principal of Ellis Elementary School in Belding has resigned.
Last week, Jesus Hernandez announced to his staff his intent to leave at the end of the school year, according to Belding Area Schools Superintendent Leslie Mount.
“The reasons he gave were to explore other opportunities that he has and that it was best for his family at this time,” Mount said.
Hernandez could not immediately be reached for comment. He will have been principal at Ellis for two years when he officially steps down at the end of this school year.
Mount said a job opening has been posted for the position. The deadline to apply is Feb. 29.
“We will make sure we have someone in place to transition for next year,” Mount said.
According to Hernandez’s online profile, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College and his master’s degree in education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He also received an administrative endorsement from Western Michigan University.
Hernandez began his teaching career at Grand Rapids Public Schools, eventually becoming assistant principal and then principal in that district. Hernandez also was principal at Gladiola and Parkview elementary schools and assistant principal at Jackson Park Intermediate School.
Hernandez resides in Byron Center with his wife and two children.