Elijah Bonde '15

MA Leadership Studies

Elijah Bonde completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of San Diego while participating as a member of the university football team. He graduated in 2005 and began working as an AmeriCorps Volunteer Teacher at Nativity Prep Academy (NPA), a small, private, Catholic middle school in southeast San Diego. After his two years of service, he moved to New York City to teach at another middle school in Harlem. He returned to San Diego and his work as a teacher at NPA in 2008.

In 2013, Elijah began his MA in Leadership Studies at SOLES. He also began the transition from teacher to administrator. In the first year of his graduate coursework, he shifted into the role of assistant principal for curriculum and instruction. In his second year, he became the principal at NPA. During his graduate studies, he also got engaged and married to his wife.

Elijah became a SOLES ambassador at the end of his first year and supported the Office of Admissions and Outreach primarily through communication with prospective applicants and recently accepted students. In his second year in the program, he was a teaching assistant for the 550/600 course, which significantly helped him to strengthen his understanding of leadership. His exit requirement, an action research study on the effects of professional development on the implementation of technology in the classroom, received recognition for Outstanding Applied Project for the MA in Leadership Studies.

Since graduating in May 2015, Elijah has continued his work at NPA as the principal and has implemented many aspects of his coursework into his school. He has returned to SOLES to be on staff for the undergraduate course, Practice of Presence, and to help with the 2015 Fall Open House. Elijah and his wife purchased a home and moved to Poway in August 2015 and are expecting a little girl in April 2016.