Leading the way for girls in STEM study, providing educational access for their learning legacy
A MATTER OF XPRESSION
Bonnee Breese Bentum
Bonnee has taught students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia for the past 17 years, serving students and school communities in various capacities. Presently, Bonnee teaches students at Science Leadership Academy at Beeber, a special admit magnet public high school. Bonnee did her undergraduate work at Wilkes University and her post-graduate degree work at Chestnut Hill College and Fort Hays State University. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree at Northcentral University in Global Education Training & Development. She loves to read and is a member of the Third World African-American Women’s Literary Club in Philadelphia. Bonnee serves Delaware County as an elected official - Democratic State Committee Member; in this capacity, she is charged with supporting candidates choosing to run for elected offices in and around the Delaware County area.
Bonnee loves to see her students bloom in academics and global learning experiences through uses of varied pedagogical approaches inside and outside of her classroom. In the community, Bonnee helps few grassroots organizations; supports summer journalism programming for high school students at Temple University through Prime Movers Media links students to athletic programming with Village of Champions, and much more.
Bonnee serves the entire body of teachers in the city as a Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Executive Board member-at-large. Since 2005, Bonnee has been active professionally through her participation in the Philadelphia Writing Project, Teachers Institute of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania (https://theteachersinstitute.org/), and served as a National Steering Committee member for Yale University National Initiative Teachers Institute (www.teachers.yale.edu). From her participation in these professional development organizations, she has committed herself to widening her global information/classroom horizons by creating diverse curriculum units that speak to students and for teachers’ use in any country.
Most recently, Bonnee successfully completed the US Department of State's Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program, where she spent two weeks in Ghana, Africa. That experience gave way to Overbrook High School students participating in the first-ever global read with students in Ghana and Minnesota (YouTube Channel Playlist), and later Kenya. Bonnee is a wife and mother of her daughter and son. Bonnee is pleased to share her talents with so many girls from underserved communities, helping to make our world a better place.