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Tonya is director of Best in Class, a coalition powered by CFT and the Commit Partnership, focused on educator effectiveness, seeking to attract, prepare, develop and retain the best educators.

Prior to joining CFT, Tonya was a public school teacher, instructional coach, principal and principal supervisor in the Dallas ISD. She was among the first cohort of Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) principals for the district. Her work with Best in Class focuses on the expansion of the ACE school model and strategic compensation across Texas.

Tonya holds a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Woman's University and a master's in instricutional leadership from the University of North Texas.

Joined CFT


Favorite Aspect of CFT

"The collective power and energy of the CFT team with a focus on solutions and service to others is inspiring!"

Favorite Quote

"You can't be human all by yourself. When you have this quality of UBUNTU you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as individuals, separated from one another. But we are connected and what we do individually affects humanity."

- Desmond Tutu