Bonnie Patocka was born and raised in the Panhandle of Oklahoma on a wheat farm near Guymon. She began her career working in telecommunications for Rockwell International in Dallas, Texas. She transitioned to teaching and work for TPS at Edison High School and Tulsa Community College. After her children were grown, she taught at private schools, homeschool co-ops, and private tutoring. She began teaching for Tulsa Honor Academy in the fall of 2018. Ms. Patocka graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in 1988 with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.