Being a Howard County resident for the past 36 years, Jonathan has had the opportunity to watch the county extend and expand itself with extraordinary effects. As a product of Howard County, Jonathan is ecstatic to be able to call himself the Vice President, a member of the Board of Directors, an Ohana Member, and a general volunteer for Ohana of Howard County, Inc.
During these years, Jonathan was a student of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), as he 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, and beyond. He excelled as a soccer player, and 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 and after a few detours, Jonathan went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in psychology, 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 for HCPSS and at his alma mater, Thunder Hill Elementary School. During his time as an HCPSS 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. After working for HCPSS for eight years, Jonathan recently moved over to Baltimore City Public Schools as a Blueprint Literacy Coach at James McHenry Elementary and Middle School.
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 committee member with Bright Minds Foundation; and a mentor and tutor with From Prison Cells to PhDs (P2P).