Michael Bonner

Teacher and Author

Michael Bonner taught at South Greenville Elementary in North Carolina, a 100% free and reduced lunch campus, before moving to the Ron Clark Academy in 2019. His creative teaching caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who gave Bonner and his students gear to make their own educational music videos — and helped them make one alongside Ellen, Big Sean, Ice Cube, Migos, Ty Dolla Sign, and Lin Manuel Miranda. Bonner’s energetic teaching style puts an emphasis on social and personal needs and challenges and opportunities for learning.