Mr. Bonyata is so happy to be working with the wonderful students at ELA! He grew up in Iowa, New Jersey, and Illinois and graduated from Buffalo Grove High School (Illinois), where he worked on the school newspaper, played soccer, and enjoyed his English and journalism classes. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in journalism and graduate certificates from Yale University, the University of Chicago, and Oxford Brookes University in England. Mr. Bonyata is currently in graduate school for special education at Weber State University in Ogden.
For his first job out of college, Mr. Bonyata worked in corporate communications at General Mills, where he was the “Sweet Talker” for Betty Crocker. After that, he had a successful career in book publishing, advancing from editor to publisher over the years. Then, yearning to enter a more caring vocation, Mr. Bonyata became a special education teacher, which he absolutely loves.
Mr. Bonyata’s favorite people in the whole world are his family: Barbara, Allie, Bella, and Eli. Barbara teaches Spanish literature at Brigham Young University. Allie recently received her master’s in social work degree and is working toward becoming a licensed social worker. Bella has studied dance for 11 years and is studying digital media, and Eli is the wrestler in the family. Mr. Bonyata also has a perky little dog named Sadie. He has been a Boy Scout leader, soccer coach, car show judge, and book arts teacher. He’s a foodie who likes reading literary fiction, watching foreign films, riding his bike, listening to choral music, and spending time with his family. His favorite book from junior high school is “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, which is about two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, who rebel against their human farmer and try to create a just society.