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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

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Michael Bonner

Featured on "The Ellen Degeneres Show", Author of "Get Up or Give Up", Positive Mindset, Innovation = Motivation

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About Michael Bonner

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 Greenville Elementary, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and many are homeless. The ...

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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. A study conducted at UCLA showed only 4% of college freshmen were interested in ...

You Are the Key

Your school appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show twice, support and resources arrive from all over the world, and you have over $130,000 to expand student learning. But what do you do when both of your ...

“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 confronting the different curveballs that are pitched in the field of education. Teachers are ...

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Get Up or Give Up: How I Almost Gave Up on Teaching by Michael Bonner
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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

It was such an AWESOME day!! Michael did an AMAZING job!!! Teachers and administrators left inspired and ready to conquer the new year. Thank you so much for representing Michael and making it possible for us to book him for our EPIC day!

Kim Stafford - Walton County School District

Mr. Michael Bonner did a terrific job speaking to members and guests at the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce's March 21 Power Luncheon. It was clear from the start that Mr. Bonner had the unique ability to capture an audience with a moving message and he had the packed Hilton ballroom fully engaged. Mr. Bonner spoke with such enthusiasm and purpose and he cleverly sprinkled in some humor along the way. He used an expressive voice and an effective cadence to make a connection with the audience. Mr. Bonner exuded such passion for his students and profession, which set the stage for such a refreshing message.

Trent McGee, Public Policy & Operations - Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce

After my visit to Mr. Bonner's classroom I honestly wanted to go right back to my students I used to teach in Durham and roll up my sleeves and go teach again. I thought about how really Mr. Bonner's classroom is primarily a MINDSET shift to POSITIVE thinking and law of attraction! Mr. Bonner is a visionary leader and creates that positive mindset within ALL students. Mr. Bonner also doesn't just expect excellence in academic performance, but maintains this level of excellence in student's social behaviors, in leadership and service skills, and building empathy and civic dispositions. Mr. Bonner is not just empowering his students to become proficient on a test, but empowering civic mindedness, caring citizens, and future leaders of our society?

Justyn Knox, Division of Curriculum and Instruction - North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
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Hidden figures

Social media has grown into something I believe none of us initially imagined. The ability to connect with individuals across the world and take a peep into what they are doing on a daily basis has become the new "thing."; According toSocial Media Today, the average person will spend nearly two hours or 116 minutes on ...

Michael Bonner New Book Release Get Up or Give Up!

Michael Bonner knew he wanted to be a teacher after his favorite college professor, Dr. Poulson, inspired him. The professor's passion and love for teaching prompted Michael to change his major and his life's direction. But nothing prepared Michael for the reality of a Title One school. ...