As a product of Howard County, Jonathan is ecstatic to be able to call himself a member of the Board of Directors, a Family Member, and a volunteer for Ohana of Howard County, Inc. Being a Howard County resident for the past 35 years, Jonathan has had the opportunity to watch the county extend and expand itself with extraordinary effects.
During these years, Jonathan attended Thunder Hill Elementary School, Oakland Mills Middle School, and Howard High School. In addition, he played travel soccer for the Soccer Association of Columbia (SAC), as well as at Howard High School where he earned numerous honors and awards. It was near the end of his high school years, while working as a camp counselor at various soccer camps, when Jonathan realized his true passion—working with kids.
Upon this realization, Jonathan went on to obtain a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in psychology, and as well as his teaching preparatory training from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Following this, Jonathan was given the opportunity to bring things full circle by teaching at his alma mater, Thunder Hill Elementary School. During his time as an educator, Jonathan has taught in grades two through five. In 2019, Jonathan earned a master of arts in educational leadership from Loyola University Maryland. In that same year, he also acquired his administration I and II certificates, a certificate as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and a Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in teaching.
In addition to working with kids inside of schools, Jonathan has also worked with kids outside of schools, for the past 20 years, through soccer. However, teaching and coaching are not the only ways that Jonathan gives back to the community. He is also a board member with Assist Our Kids Mentoring-Tutoring, Inc.; a volunteer with Bright Minds Foundation; and a mentor and tutor with From Prison Cells to PhDs.