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DANIEL.BONITZ@LAUSD.NET

EMAIL: 

DANIEL.BONITZ@LAUSD.NET

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday - Friday

1 pm - 3 pm

EDUCATION:

California State University, Sacramento, CA      2012 - 2018

BA in Sociology; MN in English

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, Berkeley, CA        2018 - 2019

M. Ed. & English Language Arts Credential Certification

Daniel Bonitz Locker

Danny Bonitz

Notes

BIO (Letter to Student)

03/23/20

Dear Student,

Hope you’ve experienced a relaxing, and potentially productive (or maybe not, sometimes it’s nice to just relax), summer. My name is Mr. Bonitz. I am thrilled to tell you that I will be your English instructor for this 2019/2020 academic year.

Let me tell you a little about me...I will begin with my origin story. I was born into a four-person family, with a mother, a father and a sister (who is eleven months older than me). While my mother is full Chicana (Mexican-American), my father was Japanese-German-American. Though both of my parents are originally from the Southern-California area, I was born and raised in Sacramento (916). I grew up in a small condominium near the American River. When I was very young, my parents were fairly strict. I spent most of my days riding my bike along the river, listening to loud Rock n’ Roll music, watching scary movies and reading (none of my friends lived nearby & I was NOT allowed to play video games until much later.) Thus, I developed a love for reading & books, and an, arguably natural, affinity for writing. I was definitely considered “an odd one,” or at least I felt pretty different.

Fast forward to where you currently are situated--my high-school days. I will provide you with five descriptors for high-school Mr. Bonitz: rebellious, “B” student, caring friend, generally apathetic and adventurous. Though, in general, I enjoyed school for the social aspect (of it), I REALLY did not like my freshman year of high school. My parents enrolled me in Catholic school; I did not care for the strictness of it. I also went into school only knowing about five people, including my older sister. Though I made some close friends there, I ended up leaving in favor of public school during my sophomore year. My grades dropped significantly at public school. Geometry was very difficult for me, and I had a little too much fun with my friends (my studies took a backseat to the social aspect of school). As a result, my parents decided to re-enroll me into Catholic school. There, I spent the remainder of my high-school days. A lot happened during this time (of both the transformative and painful variety) but I will get into that later.

Well, enough about my younger days! Fast forward (again) to present day. I recently received both my teaching credential and my Master’s Degree (which is a degree you can receive after college) over summer (2019). Prior to doing so, I was enrolled in graduate school in the Bay Area, and teaching (as a student teacher) in Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley and San Lorenzo, California. I am brand new to Los Angeles, and you are one of my very first students. Pretty exciting stuff, right?

Anyway, here are some things you can hold me accountable for:
I will…
Remain mentally and physically present when I am in class
Listen intently to what you have to say
Be fair (or at least attempt to be)
Be punctual (this one is a bit of an obsession)
Welcome your constructive criticism
Challenge you, academically (and I’m sure you’re up for it!)(I also expect to be challenged in return)

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m excited to get to know you.

I look forward to our future interactions.

Best,

Bonitz


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