Professional Biography of Judith DeSelm Bonner
After receiving her BA in English and Social studies from U.C. Berkeley in the fractious 60′s, Judith taught in a Stanford University-based experimental high school. During twenty years of teaching ages 6-60, she enjoyed seven years of teaching and mentoring “at risk” youth. In the early 90s, she was English Department Chair for Northwest High School on the Navajo Reservation. There she wrote the English computer curriculum scope and sequence, a high-interest, low vocabulary, culturally relevant textbook, and sponsored the school newspapers, literary magazines and yearbook.
The need for diagnostic-prescriptive teaching–with practical applications for special-need students–caused her to take sixty-four miscellaneous units beyond her BA. She received the University of Phoenix Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training, in March of 2010, at age 67.
Life Experience Biography
Judith’s life experience includes middle class upbringing in New Mexico, rape, an abusive first marriage to a bi-polar man, his 30 lawsuits, single parenthood as she raised their two gifted sons, ten years of disability (Lyme disease, CFIDS, fibromyalgia, etc.), Alaska homelessness, bankruptcy, the Anchorage Rescue Mission experience, and apartment management as she gradually worked out of her disability trap. Judith is now married to a pastor who volunteers at Donovan State Prison, San Diego, California. They have three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She considers her life challenges a unique opportunity for spiritual growth, believing her attitude makes her bitter or better.
Judith’s coping skills…
include a stubborn faith journey, artwork (mostly Photo Shop), gardening, stress management, a restless mind and reframing harsh realities into functional, realistic growth opportunities.
Judith’s goals are…
- to produce life-long family teamwork and growth through her time-saving love tool kit (Stress-free Discipline).
- to build strong marriages, smart, happy and skillful parents, children, and grandparents.
- to relieve home-to-school stress, dysfunction and disconnects.
- to strengthen our long-term care potential,
- to motivate individual responsibility and discernment of wise, ethical choices.
- to support a unified, productive and stable culture where everyone has a chance to ”be all they can be.”
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