Mike Bonner

I’ve been the 4th grade teacher at TCS since way back in 2001, and I’m very proud to be a part of this school. I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else. I grew up in Jamestown, New York, about an hour south of Buffalo. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in English Literature, received an MA in Anthropology from the University of New York at Albany, and earned my teaching endorsement from Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Before moving to Taos, I taught 4th and 5th grade for four years on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, NM. Prior to teaching, I worked for several years as a ski patroller and snowmaker in Colorado at Eldora and Telluride. At TCS, I also serve as a member of our school’s Governing Council. In the winter, I’m a lucky chaperone of our weekly Ski and Snowboard Program at Taos Ski Valley, and every year I sponsor the National Geographic Bee for grades 4-8. Academically, I’m passionate about teaching reading and literature, history, culture, geography, and math.  My wife Hillary is a high-school teacher and Dean of Students at Taos Academy. We don’t have children of our own, but we do have a big 2-year-old Great Pyrenees/ border collie mix named Penelope, who thinks she’s a person. She’s training hard to take her test to become a certified classroom therapy dog, so our students may be seeing “Penny” at school in the coming years. On the weekends, we love to hike, bike, camp, ski, and travel. 

Email Mr. Bonner or call him at 575-751-7222 X221. You can learn more about 4th grade by visiting the Class Blog.