We are delighted to welcome Michael Bonner this year as a very special Featured Speaker. Mr. Bonner is a 2nd grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School in Greenville, NC, working hard every day to make a profound impact on his students with his vision to teach them to become productive global citizens. Michael was honored in early 2017 by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative approaches to education for children struggling with the challenges of poverty. Ellen presented Bonner and his school with technical equipment to help them continue creating music videos as aids to education. Wal-Mart presented the school with $25,000, and the Ellen show set up a Go Fund Me site for South Greenville, which has raised over $88,000 for the Title I school. A month after he first appeared on her show, Ellen flew Mr. Bonner and his entire second grade class to visit with her again. Check out the video below.
Mr. Bonner spent two years as a student-athlete at Winston-Salem State University before transferring to Elizabeth City State University, where he graduated in 2013. He has been teaching for 4 years, and is currently working on his degree in School Administration from Liberty University.
Because of the generous support from a talented team of Conscious Discipline® certified trainers, NCAEYC is again able to offer a full array of sessions based on the work of Dr. Becky Bailey so that attendees have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Conscious Discipline content for all or part of their NCAEYC Conference experience.