Bonnie’s professional areas of interest include 30 years of teaching and environmental endeavors that include agri-foresty farming, and geological expeditions to sites such as Wales and Montana. Receiving a BA from Emory University and PhD from Georgia State University, she began her teaching in rural Florida and Georgia, assisting in the transition of the Georgia school to an integrated school system. Over the years, she has taught English, Social Studies, reading and writing proficiency and academic survival skills to students from 6th grade through graduate school.
After 10 years of pre-college teaching in public and private schools, she taught and counseled for another 20 years at the Georgia State University Counseling Center, an urban doctoral/research-extensive university of 28,000 students, where she focused on high impact programs designed for student success at all levels, especially students at risk and older non-traditional students. Moving to Staten Island, she joined the faculty of the College of Staten Island where she taught Core 100 American History.
Since 2012, in her role as wife of CSI President William Fritz, Bonnie continues to support educational, environmental, and cultural initiatives. As a volunteer, she has participated in numerous activities on Staten Island including disaster assistance with Superstorm Sandy, president of the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy, membership on the Boards of Integrated Charter Schools and CSI Hillel, the Todt Hill Civic Association, Soroptimists of Staten Island, gala co-chair for the Staten Island Museum and member of the CSI gala committee. In 2016, she and President Fritz were honored at the 2016 Meals on Wheels Annual Luncheon with the Louis R. Miller Distinguished Service Award.
Current interests include: environmental health, organic farming, more geological exploration with her husband in Wales and Montana, trips to Ethiopia to visit daughter’s family, and time with friends and family, especially her four grandchildren.