Jonathan Milner brings excitement and learning to the wonderful students he teaches in the high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Milner hones his teaching skills in and outside of school. On his eldest son’s second birthday, Mr. Milner taught him how to hoot like an owl and (more importantly) when to hoot like an owl (rarely). He taught his class of Korean businessmen to sing Lionel Ritchie's classic, "Say you, say me." (Sing is a strong word). And in 1998 he even taught his dog, Sissy, to sit when he said, "lie down" and to lie down when he said, "sit". Sometimes he would invite unsuspecting neighbors over and say, "Sissy, today is opposite day. When I say 'lie down' I really mean sit, and when I say 'sit', I really mean lie down. Got it?" Sissy would look up expectantly, and then Mr. Milner would say "lie down, Sissy!" and Sissy would sit, then he would say, "Sit, Sissy!" and Sissy would lie down. Needless to say, the Korean Businessmen were impressed, and Sissy was twice nominated for a McArthur Genius Prize.

Since 1992, Mr. Milner has been a full time public school teacher. Mr. Milner first learned to teach from the students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School, in the dangerous II Ward, of Houston, Texas, and later at neighboring Robert E. Lee High school, home to over 3000 students, 1000 of them ESL students, speaking over 100 different languages. He later taught at a North Carolina high school where he founded Global Scholars, an international educational exchange program (Our international exchange students could not believe how smart American dogs are!) Past Global Scholars exchange students have come from Bosnia, Israel, and Kenya, and our American Global Scholar alumni have studied in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kenya. In 2003, Mr. Milner received a grant to help him lead five intrepid Global Scholars to Nairobi, Kenya and (most importantly) back home again. Upon return, Global Scholars embarked upon an exciting project; building a web site, The Poverty Site, hosting an Oxfam dinner to raise money and awareness of world hunger, and most importantly living for a week on $2 a day (half of the world lives that way every day).

In addition to teaching high school students full-time, Mr. Milner is a teaching consultant, giving presentations and workshops to teachers from Miami to Washington, DC, and from Nairobi, Kenya, to Sarajevo, Bosnia. In 2002, Mr. Milner received the $20,000 Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award and the next year was named the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher of the year. Mr. Milner holds a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, but puts it down when it gets heavy. Jonathan Milner lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife and two sons, Errol and Owen (which is much less complicated than living with two wives and one son).

Mister Milner’s classroom is an exciting and vibrant place where students are engaged in meaningful, authentic learning. Whether he is working with affluent students in suburban Washington or recent immigrants from war torn Bosnia, Mr. Milner spreads his infectious excitement for learning. Serving on the board of a non-profit helping local civic organizations use free technology, Mr. Milner saw first-hand the power technology could bring to his students. He used free technology to deliver his curriculum and then taught his students to build blogs and wikis to produce projects and online portfolios. The web-based projects his students completed unleashed their creativity, motivated hard work, and increased learning. Mr. Milner began Connection Lab to bring the excitement and learning his students experienced in his class to teachers and students around the world.

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