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Faculty Profile
Jessica Bonnem
English Department Chair; English Teacher
Jessica Bonnem teaches American and British literature at Whitefield.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, with bachelor’s degrees in English and history and obtained her M.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College in 2016.  After graduating, she joined Teach for America – a non-profit organization committed to ending educational inequity in America – and was sent to teach high school English in an underperforming school in Louisiana.  She taught American and British literature, developed writing curriculum, and chaired the English department during her seven years in Louisiana.   

On a professional note


Why Whitefield:
I was impressed by the general atmosphere of the campus: the students and the faculty seemed to respect one another and enjoy being at school. From the moment I stepped on campus, the school community felt like home.

Why I love teaching:
I love literature; I love writing; and I love kids. It’s as simple as that.

On a personal note


About my family:
My parents and my siblings (one sister and twin brothers) live in Pennsylvania.

Hometown:
Downingtown, Pennsylvania