Bonnie Blum is our second-grade teacher at Livingston Classical Academy. She brings a wealth of experience and a new excitement for learning to our second graders. She obtained her teaching degree from Concordia College. Ms. Blum said being part of Livingston Classical Academy has brought something new and inspiring to her career. We are thrilled to have her part of our team.
Read below to learn more about her.
Who inspired you to become a teacher?
My family has really inspired and showed me that one person can make a difference in another’s life. They paved the way through the way they lived and served others.
I grew up in Bay City with my parents, a sister and a brother. When I was eight years old, my parents became foster parents. Over the next fifteen years, they took care of thirty-five children. They ended up adopting three of them. I have always wanted to be a mom and a teacher from early on, but they were the true inspiration. I even had one of their foster children in my class six years after he was adopted as an infant.
What did your journey to obtain your college degree entail? What school did you attend?
I went to Concordia College in Ann Arbor.
Where did you teach previously and for how long?
My first teaching job was in the first grade in East Detroit. I later taught second grade at a small school in Western Kentucky. After that, I stayed home for ten years to enjoy being a mom to my boys, Christopher and Matthew.
During this time of staying at home, I still enjoyed working with children and reading children’s books. I found a place to be involved and use my gifts at the library in Fowlerville and did storytime for two years. After that, I began working at Light of the World Academy (a Montessori school) in Pinckney. I was there for the last fifteen years!
What do you do outside of the classroom? What are your hobbies?
I have two grown children. Christopher is twenty-four and graduated from U of M Dearborn with a degree in robotics. Matthew is twenty and is a junior at Saginaw Valley State University. I am now an empty nester and got myself a puppy named Max last spring!
When I’m not busy with school, I enjoy spending time with my boys, my puppy, my friends, reading and gardening.