Mr. Sonder: English Teacher
ENGII, ENGIII, & AP Language
"Good fiction's job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." --David Foster Wallace
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Mr. Sonder graduated Summa Cum Laude from Millikin University in 2017 with a degree in Secondary English Education and an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL). During his time at Millikin, he served as both the acting vice-president and president of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta and Millikin's English club. He also worked as a Resident assistant for two years, while simultaneously working as a writing consultant in Millikin's Writing Center and as an editor for the university's undergraduate publications Millikin Premiere Writers and Collage. While pursuing these goals within the English discipline, Mr. Sonder also worked as the conversation clinic facilitator for Millikin's English Language Center (ELC), where he designed lessons for and facilitated group discussions with international students from various countries around the world.
Working with a fellow teacher at EHS, Ms. Morgan, and a Millikin Professor, Dr. Michael P. Cook, Mr. Sonder collaboratively created a bare-boned Roleplaying SRD to function within the high school classroom as a means to engage in interactive literature, and published two scholarly articles on the implication of such systems on student learning. These findings were later presented twice over the course of his undergraduate career at the Illinois Reading Council Conference (IRC).
Before attending Millikin University, Mr. Sonder graduated from MacArthur High School in Decatur, IL (quite the traitor) before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps as a Motor Vehicle Operator. Throughout his four year enlistment, he traveled to and operated within a dozen countries in both combat and logistical missions, including: Japan, Thailand, Guam, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, and a tour in Afghanistan.
Mr. Sonder is currently working on designing new ways to integrate roleplaying systems, video games (digital narratives), graphic literature, and modern independent music into sustained instruction for high school students. As a Decatur native, he has no intention of abandoning his hometown and will be here as extended family to every student who walks through the door of his classroom.