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Daniel Bonnett

Position: Math Teacher
School: Riverside High School
School District: Kanawha County Schools
City, State: Charleston, WV

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Daniel Bonnett was nominated by Tonya Hudnall Harper, the parent of a student.

In the community of Charleston, WV, math can be very intimidating. Most of the student population at Riverside High School qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program due to low income. Working-class families tend to place more emphasis on trades than academics and often will fear advanced classes, especially math.

Mr. Bonnett is single-handedly changing that. He has changed the lives of every student who has had the privilege of entering his classroom. Mr. Bonnett creates a fun, relaxed learning environment where students thrive and excel in advanced academics. Students enter his classroom stressed and unsure that they can perform to the high academic standards he pushes them toward. However, within the first few weeks, they are experiencing complete and total success thanks to his teaching methods and strategies. When you walk into his classroom, you immediately see and feel his love for his students and his passion for teaching. 

Mr. Bonnett's passion for math does not end in his classroom. He has worked diligently to organize the Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society, not only for his school, but for the entire region, which now includes most of the eastern United States. He began with a handful of students and currently has hundreds inducted into this organization. He has created a math competition team that includes students from multiple schools competing nationally.

"Mr. Bonnett has brought back a sense of pride in math to this community, and we love him for it. I can not think of a teacher more deserving of this award than him," said Harper. "He devotes 100% of his time, energy, enthusiasm, and love for math to his students and this community. Every child who has entered his classroom has come to love and succeed in the mathematics field. I have had the honor of hearing several of his lessons, and they brought a new understanding of math to a person who had previously feared and loathed it. He takes a personal interest in his students and their well-being. He pushes them to apply for college and teaches them how to get scholarships to pay for it. He willingly gives up his planning time to add more math support to the school, and he's always there to answer questions or tutor kids when needed, even if they aren't his own students. He goes above and beyond for this community, and he truly is a LifeChanger!"


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Comments (8)


Marsha Booker Posted 8 days ago

A great and motivated teacher!

Debra Skeen Posted 8 days ago

Mr. Bonnett was recommended when I was looking for a Tudor for my 14 year old granddaughter for geometry. She was struggling at her high school, but Mr Bonnett was impressed with her on first session. She still wants him to Tudor her through the holidays. He is dedicated to his profession and all students, regardless where they attend school. I highly recommend him for this award. Debra B Skeen

Cynthia Ray Posted 8 days ago

Daniel is wanting to help as many children achieve their highest goals . He works very hard with his children just wanting them to feel comfortable with math.

Paula Johnson Posted 9 days ago

Mr.Bonnett is an excellent teacher. The kids look up to him and he truly cares about his students. He goes above and way beyond in his teaching. He absolutely deserves the LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Brae’lee Fragale Posted 9 days ago

I nominate Mr. Bonnett for life changer of the year.

Brooklyn Fidler Posted 9 days ago

I have been a student of Mr. Bonnet’s higher learning mathematics courses for the last 2 years. He has not only encouraged me to do my best, but has pushed me out of my comfort zone and built my confidence in math. A few years ago, I never dreamed I would be a part of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society but yet here I am. I can’t think of a teacher who is more deserving of this honor. He’s truly a life changer.

Jayden Payne Posted 9 days ago

Mr.Bonnett is one of the nicest people i have ever met. Not only is he is very helpful within the classroom and helping with math, but he’s very helpful in the community. He is inspiring and pushes his students and people around him to do better and be the best version of themself.

Kasi Payne Posted 9 days ago

Agree with everything said about Mr. Bonnett! It is because of him and he outlook on Math that my daughter is more confident in her skills & going forward with harder classes. It is also because of him that my daughter has many colleges reaching out to her & already has been accepted at her dream school- two things she didn’t think were possible!