Hello 5th Graders and families!

My name is Jonah Lather, and I live with my wife Jill, our 9 year old son Eli, our 6 year old daughter Grace, and our 6 month old puppy Scout - in Batavia, IL. I grew up in Wheaton where I attended Wiesbrook Elementary, Hubble Middle School, and graduated from Wheaton-Warrenville South in 2000. After graduation I moved down to Nashville and attended Belmont University where I pursued a career in music. I graduated with a degree in Communications and a minor in Music Business in 2004. I also studied commercial composition, studio production, and guitar.

I moved back to Wheaton after college and worked in live events productions for a few years. In 2007 I went back to school to get a master's degree in teaching. While I went to Aurora University at night I worked at Starbucks, taught guitar lessons, worked for the Before and After School Program, and was a teaching assistant at Bower Elementary School. I graduated Aurora University in 2009 with that masters and began teaching at Bower Elementary School in 3rd grade. I then moved to Pleasant Hill Elementary where I taught 4th grade from 2010-2018. I headed back to Bower Elementary in 2018 to teach 5th grade. The 2020-2021 school year will be my 14th in the district, and my 2nd teaching 5th grade.

I am very excited to tackle this new frontier of online learning with you.


Jonah Lather



Some of my favorite things are...

Colors: Red or the colors of the Chicago Blackhawks

Scents: Lavender or citrus

Beverages: Coffee, tea, Coke, Dr. Pepper, or iced tea and lemonade (an Arnold Palmer)

Candys: Snickers or Reese's Pieces

Foods: Sushi, wings, pizza, or BBQ

Fruits: Raspberries, apples, pears, cherries

Restaurants: Portillo's, Swordfish, Crosstown Pub, Hardware, Charlie Fox Pizza

Animal: Owl

Stores: Sierra Trading Post, Target, Amazon

Books: Sneetches and Other Stories or The Giver

Authors: Dr. Seuss, Lois Lowry, Christopher Paul Curtis, Dan Gutman, Andrew Clements

Hockey Players: Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews

Star Wars Characters: R2D2 and Poe Dameron

Pixar Films: WALL-E, Inside Out

Video Games: Rocket League and Legend of Zelda