Mentoring Program Protégé Neil Bonavita, Cohort 5

Neil Bonavita

Cohort 5

Mentor: Dr. Stan Paz

Neil Bonavita is a product of New York and Texas public schools. After obtaining his bachelors degree in in both American Cultural History and Russian and Soviet history from Portland State University he secured his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and for 13 years represented victims of medical malpractice and defective products before transitioning to a career in public education. For the past 17 years, Neil has served in a variety of capacities both at the campus-level and in central administration, having taught students and coached teachers, facilitated school improvement programs and identified and acquired talented educators. He has held director-level positions in student services, special education, and policy development and currently serves as counsel for Fort Worth Independent School District.

When he is not serving Texas students, you might find Neil on a Texas back country road—he’s an avid motorcyclist and loves spending time exploring Texas State Parks.