Bonnie Cannon

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Bonnie Cannon
Kansas City, Missouri
Park Hill High School PTSA, Kansas City, MO

Personal and Professional Information

  • Bonnie is married to Declan and has four children; Nick (40), James (37), David (35) and Grace (19).
  • Bonnie calls Missouri home, but career opportunities gave Bonnie the chance to volunteer with PTAs in Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and Minnesota.
  • After nearly 30 years as a broadcast meteorologist, anchor and medical reporter, Bonnie now focuses her attention on creating Memory Boxes and handmade, interactive cards.
  • Bonnie has been an active PTA member since 1986.

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:


  • PHHS PTSA Youth Advisor
  • NPTA Strategic Outreach Committee
  • PHHS PTSA Council Representative
  • Creator/Chair, Shifting the Paradigm: A workshop to empower students against sexual assault
  • Chair, PHHS PTSA Red Cross Blood Drive
  • National PTA convention workshop presenter
  • National PTA convention volunteer, Ohio

Previous service includes:


  • Member Representative National PTA Board of Directors
  • National PTA convention workshop presenter
  • National PTA convention volunteer
  • Health and Safety Committee member
  • Common Core State Standards Wave Three Speaker (Florida session)
  • Training Capacity Building Initiative (TCBI) Trainer


  • President, PHHS PTSA 2016-2018
  • 1st VP (president-elect) PHHS PTSA 2014-2016
  • Co-Chair, After Prom Auction
  • Chair, After Prom Party
  • Creator/Chair, Car Care 101 (Teaching students basic auto mechanics like changing a tire, etc)
  • Creator/Chair, Shifting the Paradigm (see above)
  • Editor, PHHS PTSA Newsletter


  • President, 2010-2013
  • President-Elect, 2009-2010
  • Common Core Wave Two
  • Outreach Commission
  • National Council of States
  • President- Duluth PTSA Council
  • President−Ordean East Middle School PTA
  • President−Rockridge/Lester Park Elementary School PTA


  • Various committee chairs (Volunteer Coordinator, Reflections, Carnival, Environmental, Original Artworks, Silent Auction, Council At-Large)

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Park Hill H.S. PTSA
  • Feed Northland Kids

Previous service includes:

  • MO PTA’s representative on the governor’s task force re-evaluating high school finance curriculum
  • St. Luke's Hospice Volunteer, 2008-2014
  • Lakeside Lester Park Community Club Board, 2007-2014
  • MN Teacher of the Year judge
  • MN PTA’s representative on the governor’s task force re-evaluating K-12 testing
  • Duluth Playhouse Fundraising
  • Relay for Life, captain 1999-2004
  • The Miracle League
Honors and Awards
  • National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • State President’s Club Outstanding Service Award, 2018
  • MO PTA Leaders Project Certification, 2018
  • MO PTA Best Newsletter Award, 2018
  • MO PTA Unit Membership Increase Award, 2017
  • NPTA State (Minnesota) Membership Increase Award, 2012
  • PTA State President Award
  • American Cancer Society Spirit Award, 2004
  • National Weather Association Broadcaster's Seal of Approval (Inactive)
  • President's Award, Kennesaw State University (all semesters earning a 4.0 GPA)
  • Mrs. Georgia United States, 1995 (Top 10 at Nationals)
  • Georgia PTA Environmental Grant, 1992
  • Outstanding Young Women in America, 1985