Michael Bonner, K-12 Education, Creativity, Education Motivation Ellen Show, Math, Teacher of the Year, classroom

Michael Bonner

  • Author of "Get Up or Give Up"
  • Visionary in Positive Mindset and Innovation
  • Featured on "The Ellen Degeneres Show"

I wish I could go back to second grade, so Mr. Bonner could be my teacher," were the words Ellen Degeneres released on her social media accounts in early January 2017. This is when she learned of how Mr. Bonner's unique, rap-filled teaching methods encouraged students to go above and beyond on a reading test.

Mr. Bonner is an inspiring second grade teacher at North Carolina's South ... VIEW MORE

Speaker Media

Ellen Surprises Incredible Teacher Mr. Bonner
Inspiring America: Teacher Motivates Students With Music | NBC Nightly News
Greenville North Carolina Annual Unity Breakfast
The Ellen Remix ft. Ellen, Big Sean, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ice Cube, Migos & Ty Dolla $ign
Success n' Color : Episode 4 - Michael Bonner "Welcome to Bonnerville"
Memorable Moments with Rapping Teacher Mr. Bonner
Speech Topics
  • Motivation leads to Innovation - The Audacity to Get Up

    Let us be honest. The turnover rate within education is a serious dilemma that we have yet to find the antidote for. ... View More

  • You Are the Key

    Your school appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show twice, support and resources arrive from all over the world, and ... View More

  • “You want to be a teacher?!” (Breakout Session)

    Michael Bonner will discuss his personal juxtapositional experiences on how he arrived on a national stage by ... View More

  • Welcome to Bonnerville (Breakout Session)

    Educators who value the importance of making steps to becoming a better teacher are always looking for innovative ... View More

Text Reviews
  • He was nothing short of AMAZING. His message was spot on, everyone enjoyed his energy and the fact that he could speak specifically from the teacher perspective!!! Everyone left with such excitement! In fact, everyone stated it was the best convocation ever. Michael totally rocked! We are so grateful!!!
  • Delinda Castro - Chief Academic Officer - South San Antonio ISD
  • We absolutely LOVED Michael Bonner! His message was EXACTLY what our teachers needed to hear! He was gracious, generous, and simply downright wonderful!
  • Alexandra Hoskins - Chief of Staff - Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Michael was fantastic! I've had more positive comments about him than any other speaker I have contracted with for Institute Day. The fact that he is still in the classroom, he was able to resonate so well with our teachers. He adapted his presentation with our theme seamlessly. He is a very genuine person. I would highly recommend him for other districts.
  • Debbie Webster - Russell County Schools

Michael's Blog

Hidden figures
Social media has grown into something I believe none of us initially imagined. The ability to connect with individuals across t...

Michael Bonner New Book Release Get...
Michael Bonner knew he wanted to be a teacher after his favorite college professor, Dr. Poulson, inspired him. The prof...

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Michael Bonner travels from Greenville, North Carolina and requires travel expenses are included in the speaker's honorarium.

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