Owen Bondono

2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year

Owen Bondono (pronouns: he/they) teaches 9th grade ELA at Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Michigan. He is the 2020-2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year. As an educator, his goal is growing students as empathetic critical thinkers and communicators in a space where they are safe and empowered. Owen is focused on bringing anti-racist and queer-affirming practices into the classroom and believes that advocacy drives all good teaching practices. In his spare time, Owen is a writer, the Detroit Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month, and a Dungeons and Dragons player.

Border Crossing with Michigan TOY Owen Bondono - PC069

2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year Owen Bondono discusses his the impact of being the first transgender educator to win that award.