SMA Spotlight

Hello, I'm Mr. Bonser, one of the first-grade teachers. I double majored in Elementary Education and Integrated Science at Grand Valley State University. I have one older brother and two younger sisters who also attended St. Michael's school. My wife is also a former Gael! We both knew each other from school but reconnected after graduation at St. Michael's Youth Group. This past September, we had our ceremony at St. Michael's Church and some of our alumni friends and teachers were in attendance.
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My favorite hobbies consist of golf, bowling, and doing outside activities like going on long walks. One of my favorite traditions with my family is making homemade cookies on Christmas Eve. We use my grandmother's recipe from scratch and get to decorate them with frosting and sprinkles. It is a great time to spend with family and get in the Christmas spirit.
 
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As a former Gael, I know how strong and amazing the community is. My years at St. Michael's School provided me with knowledge, memories, and friends that will last a lifetime. Now, as a teacher, I am grateful for all the continuous support that I get to provide for all the current Gaels and their families. 
 
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During my student teaching, my first placement was in 1st grade and I loved watching how all the first-grade minds grew and developed throughout the year. It is such an integral year for their education and overall development. I am truly honored to be a part of it. I look forward to all the fun field trips and activities we have planned for our students. But most importantly, I am looking forward to seeing how much my students and I have grown together over the year.