The School of Education hired Robert Bonner as an assistant professor of education in 2009. He had been an adjunct instructor in the graduate programs of the university’s School of Education and College of Business since 2002. Robert entered the university system after teaching 16 years in public schools in three school districts, the most recent of which was the Forest Grove School District (since 1998), where he served as an instructional coach, classroom teacher and special education teacher.
He also has worked as a high school special education teacher during his career. Robert earned a doctorate in education (2006) and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from George Fox (1993). He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Bible from Harding University. Robert lives in Newberg with his wife Beth LaForce, a professor in the School of Education.