Tonya Wheeler Anthony, Ed.S
Interim Assistant Director, Middle School Math Specialist
I have been in education for 21 years. I began my teaching career in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1991, where I taught for 3 years before returning to Birmingham. I was fortunate enough to work with some of the teachers who were influential in my life at the high school from which I graduated. I taught there for 3 years before entering into the middle school arena.
I never thought I would like working with students who were transitioning, but it was where God had intended for me to serve. I still have contact with many of the students who I taught in 7th and 8th grades. Even though I’ve lost some of the students during that time, most of them have grown to become productive citizens and I must say that I am proud.
After serving 9 years in the middle school as a Math, Reading and Collaborative (Special Education) teacher, I was blessed to have the opportunity to work at Alabama State Department of Education (SDE) in the Curriculum Section in the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI). I served as the Middle School Math Specialist, worked with the Special Education Department on many projects, and collaborated with others on training for administrators. My greatest accomplishment while there was helping with the development of the Transition in Training (TNT) program developed for individuals with special needs.
My new journey began in 2011, when along with personal issues; Alabama was implementing the College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS). I knew this would be a huge paradigm shift for students, but also for teachers. I wanted to assist teachers in understanding what it is that they and their students were to be able to do. I wanted to provide assistance through research-based strategies that would help with this endeavor. By providing embedded professional development, we are able to see more student achievement, more time on-task, and more motivation in math.
Serving as Interim Assistant Director, I am able to assist the staff with professional development topics which help with the effectiveness and efficiency, as they encounter teachers on different levels of the Alabama Quality Teaching Standards continuum. Always remember that together everyone achieves more.