Jane A. Bona

Formerly a teacher and curriculum coordinator, Jane Bona served many years in the public system before taking the lead of Immaculate Conception School in 2011 at a time of decreased enrollment and following five principals in as many years. Bona saw this as an opportunity to restore and rebuild bridges between parents, parish, and community, and Immaculate Conception has seen an 84% increase in enrollment under her tenure. Utilizing a grant from the GHR Foundation and partnering with the Alliance for Catholic Education and the University of Notre Dame, Bona worked with a teaching team to implement a blended learning model, integrating technology and the use of data-driven instruction to create the right level of learning for every student. Standardized scores have improved along with student enthusiasm for learning, and this program has quickly become a model for other area schools. Last June, Bona presented at the NCEA Blended Learning Symposium and was recently invited to meet with the Bush Foundation to discuss personalized learning and student achievement in Minnesota. Bona serves on the Board of Trustees for DeLaSalle High School, is a Van Lunen Fellow at Calvin College, and was awarded the NCEA “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” Award in 2016. She holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas, and a K-12 Principal Licensure from the University of Minnesota.