Manager of Instructional Coaching
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onnie experienced the achievement gap first hand as a Backyard Bible Club leader and Sunday School teacher in the socioeconomically dichotomized city of Waco, Texas. She questioned why kids of the same age had vastly different levels of proficiency with grade level content, depending on where they lived. It was this question that led her to apply for Teach for America, which led her to Houston, Texas as a 2007 Corps Member.
While Bonnie routinely loved playing school with her stuffed animals as a child, she was surprised when she fell in love with teaching and the YES Prep Southeast community. She taught 9th grade for five years and served as the Grade Level Chair for four. During the summers, Bonnie held several roles supporting Teach For America Summer Institute, and found joy in working with novice teachers. With this experience in mind, Bonnie transitioned to work with the Houston ISD Effective Teaching Fellowship and served as both Program Manager and Teacher Development Specialist Team Lead.
In 2016, Bonnie returned to YES Prep to work with Teaching Excellence as an Instructional Coach. Working in the same organization that helped her become an effective teacher, she continues to find new challenges as she refines her skills in coaching and leading adults. Bonnie believes that teachers are the most important driver in student achievement and wants to ensure that all students, regardless of their zip code, have access to a quality teacher and education.
Bonnie loves spending time with her two dogs, JJ and Bartlet, and her husband, Chris, who is a Director of Academics and Varsity Basketball Coach at YES Prep Southeast. In their spare time, Bonnie and Chris can be found cheering on the Southeast Wizards, Baylor Bears, or Oregon Ducks in a variety of sporting events.