As seen on The Ellen Show, NBC Nightly News, and Time for Kids, Michael Bonner is an energizing voice not only in education, but for his generation. Michael has presented to thousands of people at educational conferences and corporate events across the world to share his lessons learned from teaching. His passion for creating dynamic learning environments have led to creating partnerships with Discovery Education, Lego Education, 3M, People Magazine, and more!
Mr. Bonner's enthusiastic seminars challenge listeners to reflect, strategize, and execute in order to increase their efficiency in the workplace and personal areas. He is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among his listeners. Individuals leave Mr. Bonner's presence ready to make an impact that affects eternity.
As we enter into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, he understands 21st Century skills must be introduced and modeled in order for everyone to grow both socially, emotionally, academically, and psychologically. He empowers his audiences to build genuine relationships with people because "You can't demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in." Due to his educational approach, people leave more hopeful, challenged, and prepared to be world changing citizens.
Michael is the CEO of Bonnerville where his organization works to provide self-care experiences for educators around the world. Mr. Bonner lives in Atlanta where he is the 4th grade social studies teacher and 6th grade reading teacher at the famed Ron Clark Academy!
You can learn more about Michael Bonner at michael-bonner.com and follow him on all social media platforms at @michaelbonner_.
Born at the foot of a dormant volcano, Nichi still has vivid memories of running barefoot through the dirt roads that line the underdeveloped countryside of her native home. The socio-political unrest of the region forced her family to leave the Philippines to seek a better life in America. She moved to San Diego when she was seven and eventually received a Bachelor's in Biology at University of California, San Diego.
Nichi began working for the UCSD Cancer Center and realized that, though admirable, cancer research was not her mission so she jumped at a chance to teach Environmental Education at the Natural History Museum. When she brought the students out in nature for the first time, she knew she had found her calling. This experience, coupled with her brother’s suicide from mental-health issues and drug abuse, drew her to Education.
As a first-generation immigrant, Nichi understands the lived experiences of many of her students. It informs her teaching and drives her to bring the most transformative programs to underserved youth. At La Presa Middle School, she founded a program for students aspiring to work in medicine and through community partnerships, Nichi brought local scientists and engineers to her classroom.
At Cielo Vista Charter School, Nichi spearheaded the development of a school garden, STEAM Lab, an art-mentoring and multicultural-literacy program, and a multi-district trauma-informed workshop. As a Science Teacher and EcoRise Teacher-Ambassador, Nichi is fostering sustainable global citizens by training educators throughout the United States.
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