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Mr. Justin Bonner
School: Upper Merion Area Middle School
Welcome to my web page. I am excited to begin my third year teaching at Upper Merion Area Middle School! For the past two years, I have been teaching a new Leadership course for all students in grades 5 through 8.
Before coming to UM, I spent four years as a high school counselor at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, an online blended learning program for students across the state of Pennsylvania. During this time I worked with students in grades 9 through 12. I enjoyed working with high school students, assisting them with career and college preparation, study skills, college applications, and much more. Before starting at PALCS, I worked as an elementary school counselor for two years in the Philadelphia School District.
Sports have always been a big part of my life. After graduating from high school in 2004, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I competed in swimming. I spent two amazing at Wisconsin before ultimatley making the decision to transfer back home to Pennsylvania. I continued my academic and athletic career at Penn State, where I graduated in 2009 with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Law.
Because I knew that I wanted to be a school counselor, I immediately pursued my Master's degree in School Counseling. I graduated from West Chester University in 2011.
I have stayed active in athletics as a coach, and I look forward to coaching both the Men's and Women's Diving teams this year in addition to the Varsity Water Polo team at the high school. Go Vikings!
I have a passion for education and I am very much looking forward to using the skills that I have learned as a school counselor in the classroom! I am excited to help my students master the skills that will help them become leaders in their communities. In addition to becoming life-long learners, I want my students to have a growth mindset in all the things they do. I believe having a strong toolkit of self regulation, resiliency, and success skills will enable students to tackle anything that comes their way!
Just a little bit more about me: My passions in life are my family, dogs, and the Flyers and Eagles. The photo above is of my wife and I at a wedding last year. We both love life and love to get out and about. We have the best dog in the world, Penny. She is a rescue puppy from Alabama. We found her two years ago and just knew we couldn't let her go. She is a Dachsund-Jack Russell mix with a little bit of beagle thrown in as well.