José G. González is an educator with experience in formal and informal education in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. He has broad experience as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty.
Born in Mexico, he migrated with his family to the U.S at the age of nine. The oldest of his siblings, he is the first in his family to go to college and pursue a graduate degree. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. He also holds a CA single-subject teaching credential, with coursework from the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department at California State University, Sacramento.
As a public school teacher, he taught courses in Spanish, Social Studies, Behavior Intervention for underserved youth, and English Language Development in middle school and high school settings. His worked earned him an “Excellence in Education” award from the school district. As a Program Coordinator at San Jose State University with the California Mini-Corps Program, he trained and led groups of undergraduate students providing direct instructional services to migrant students in partner school districts and in outdoor education programs. At the University of Michigan, School of Education, he was an instructor for science education in their undergraduate program. As adjunct faculty at the National Hispanic University, he taught courses on Science Methods, Math Methods, Primary & Secondary Language Development, Latino Culture, and Technology Integration at the Teacher Education Department.
His recent work is founding and developing Latino Outdoors. Latino Outdoors is a growing community as a network and volunteer-run organization. Latino Outdoors exists to “connect cultura with the outdoors”. The focus is on promoting a network of like-minded professionals, supporting outdoor leadership capacity-building opportunities for youth and young adults, and serving as a storytelling platform for defining the ambicultural identity connecting Latino communities and the outdoors. This is done by leveraging the Latino Outdoors professional community for career and training opportunities, using volunteer staff positions to build the leadership of young professionals, providing family-oriented outings, and other workshop and speaking engagements. Jose is also a speaker, presenter, and workshop facilitator on work with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the conservation movement.
Other noted recognitions:
Outdoor Alliance For Kids Steering Committee
Founding Member of Latino Conservation Alliance
Grist Magazine “50 leaders shaping Green in 2106”
Board Member, California Releaf
National Park Service Advisory Board, Urban Committee
ChangeScale Steering Committee Member
2015 CA Environmental Education Foundation – Excellence in Environmental Education Award
2016 National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award