A Howard County native, having lived in the area for over 35 years, Jonathan has had the opportunity to watch the county extend and expand itself with extraordinary effects. He is proud to hold the titles of OhanaHC Vice President, Board of Directors Co-Chair, Member, and all-around volunteer.
During these years, Jonathan was a student of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), attending 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. He excelled as a soccer player, and earned numerous honors and awards. Towards the end of his high school years and while working as a camp counselor at various camps, he realized his true passion: working with kids.
Jonathan obtained a bachelor’s in English with a minor in psychology, as well as his teaching preparatory training from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). After graduating, he was given the opportunity to expand on his teaching skills through HCPSS and at his alma mater, Thunder Hill Elementary School. During his time as an HCPSS educator, Jonathan taught 2nd through 5th grade. In 2019, Jonathan earned a master’s in educational leadership from Loyola University Maryland. In that same year, he 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.
He is currently serving on the board of directors for Assist Our Kids Mentoring-Tutoring, is a member of Bright Minds’ Foundation Committee, and is a mentor and tutor for From Prison Cells to PhDs (P2P).