Bonnie was one of a kind. I valued her expertise and genuine interest in others. She was a true leader, grooming others to lead and being willing to step aside so they could do so. Nevertheless, she was available to lend a hand or offer advice when requested. I never knew her to be negative or plaintive despite the circumstances. When she encountered a problem, she looked for ways to resolve it. Even during her illness, she sought to maintain a positive outlook. Recalling our last conversation makes me smile because we were making plans about purging our homes of unnecessary items-- especially books no longer of use to us. Ha! I hope she did better than I did. I miss this wonderful lady. She was a rare jewel.
Every memory I have of Bonnie is a warm one, whether it's of the sweet birthday cards she sent every summer; a jaw-droppingly, humbling job recommendation letter she wrote for me years ago; or the quiet strength she injected into our organization year after year after year, regardless of the role she was in at the time. I have nothing but respect for this classy lady and will remember her as a giant of SoMLA/SoMIRAC. I want to believe that she is curled up with a book or watching children play on a playground somewhere special right now. We will remember you, dear Bonnie!
Bonnie will always be in my heart. She was the most sincere and kind person I have ever known. Her cheerful smile and wisdom will be missed by all whose soul she touched. Love you Bonnie!
Bonnie will be greatly missed. She was so kind and genuine. Her impact was immeasurable on the things she advocated for; SoMIRAC/SoMLA, university students, mentoring, and building leadership to name a few. Her smile and laughter will always be remembered. So grateful to have known Bonnie for so many years! She inspired me in so many ways.
Bonnie was a true definition of both a leader and a friend. She led the path in literacy and instruction. Bonnie used her skills as a leader to share her vision and develop countless educators during the years.. She took everyone she met under her wing and loved them like her own family. Her heart was golden, he wit and charm sparkled. She will be very much missed but not forgotten.
Bonnie it was so nice to have you in the neighborhood. I enjoyed our chats at Panera Bread. Most importantly I treasure your friendship over the years as a colleague, mentor advisor. Your gentle suggestions and guidance help me grow as an educator leader. I learned so much from you but not only saying it but modeling it. I so delighted that our paths crossed in life. Thanks for just being "Bonnie".
I'm pleased to serve as the 2020-21 SoMLA Chair. As a recently retired Harford County Public Schools teacher, I hope to lead you through this unusual year. --Shirley W. Faulkner