Job Vita

Bonny Buffington is a 1969 graduate and valedictorian of Centerburg High School who returned to her alma mater in 1978 as an LD teacher. Graduating magna cum laude from Ashland College in 1972, Ms. Buffington completed her Masters in Education summa cum laude from Ashland University in 1992. She continued her tenure at Centerburg Local Schools, through the years serving as LD teacher, regular education high school math teacher, and finally as director of special education and state and federal programs until 2005.
Ms. Buffington was a recipient of the prestigious Franklin B. Walter special educator award in 1992 for her work in the inclusive school movement, pioneering intervention and inclusion programs in her local school district. Over the past 20 years, she has also presented in-service training throughout the state at various school districts and conferences such as the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference, Ohio Association of Administrators of State and Federal Educational Programs conference, Batelle’s Making Ohio Schools Work conference, Connect for Success conference, Ohio's School Improvement Institute, Loudonville City Schools, Bucyrus City Schools, Troy City Schools, Riverdale Local Schools, Northwest Local Schools, Greene County Career Center, Mollie Kessler School in Youngstown, Knox County Career Center, Fredericktown Local Schools, Danville Local Schools, Mount Vernon City Schools, Clear Fork Local Schools, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, Butler County Career and Technical Center, CTEC in Newark, Ohio, Shawnee State University, and the Midwest Conference on Differentiating Instruction in Chicago, IL. She is an adjunct professor for both Mount Vernon Nazarene University and for Ashland University. She has taught classes in: Doable Differentiation, Differentiating Math Instruction, Co-teaching, Inclusion Strategies, Establishing a Learning System, Reading in the Content Area, and several courses on Instructional Strategies, to name a few. She has authored and taught curriculum for Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Individualized Instructional Strategies in Math for their Intervention Specialist Program.
Since August of 2007, Ms. Buffington has been serving as secondary education consultant for the Knox County Educational Service Center. In her position there, she is active in various Region 7 committees, as well as the Battelle ESC Progress Network. She facilitates the county's principal network meetings. Bonny has developed and produced a tool for use by educators in whole class active engagement strategies (see Strategy Ring). She has been trained in Phi Delta Kappa’s Curriculum Audit process and has worked with AdvancED for school reaccreditation auditing. Ms. Buffington is also an ODE-trained facilitator for the Ohio Improvement Process, Student Growth Measures, and the Ohio Principals' Evaluation System. She is a regional Value Added Leader, a member of the Ohio Network of Regional Leaders, and a trained Teacher Mentor for the Resident Educator Program. Most recently, she is involved in a project with Battelle for Kids to author online teacher-training modules for Formative Instructional Practices.