English and Journalism

Bonnie Sonnek

Associate Professor
Director, English Education
English Education, Critical Literacy, Nature Writing
PhD Language, Literacy, and Culture (English Education)

Email bk-sonnek@wiu.edu
Office 226 Simpkins Hall: 309-298-1511
Office hours TT 12-2, W 4-5 (SP 15)

Bonnie received her B.S. and teaching certificate in English and public speaking at Winona State University in MN, and then taught high school for 12 years in MN, Iceland, Germany and Texas before she returned to school (in Texas) to receive an MA in Developmental Education with an emphasis in basic writing and reading. She earned her PhD at the University of Iowa in 2003 in Language, Literacy and Culture and came to WIU that same year. She works with pre-service teachers in the English Education program where she teaches Composition for Teachers, Topics in English Education and Methods in Secondary English. In her spare time, she rides her Missouri Foxtrotter, Belle, makes quilts, reads and writes. She spends her summers in Montana recovering(!) and helping a friend move cattle around the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. She loves WIU, her students, and the neighbors in Macomb she is lucky enough to have around her.  She welcomes conversations about teaching and encourages students to contact her if/when they have questions about joining the profession.