Leadership and Staff


Vice President Early Education

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Toni Sturdivant, Ph.D. is a committed early childhood educator and advocate for children. She earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching with a cognate in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Before that, she completed a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a specialization in Child Development and earned a BA in Linguistics with a minor in African and African American studies. Dr. Sturdivant has taught Head Start in San Antonio ISD. Pre-Kindergarten as a Master Teacher for the City of San Antonio’s Pre-K 4 SA initiative and Kindergarten for an online public school. Further, Dr. Sturdivant has served as a trainer for early childhood teachers as a Professional Learning Specialist as she coached and mentored educators and created and facilitated engaging and interactive workshops. She worked as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce, teaching pre-service teachers in the College of Education and Human Services and publishing numerous research articles. Her research, which focuses on issues of racial learning and racial identity with young children and culturally relevant teaching practices, has been published in several scholarly journals, such as the Early Childhood Education Journal, The Journal for Multicultural Education, and the International Journal of Early Childhood. Her work has also been featured on international podcasts, public-facing news sites, and channels. Dr. Sturdivant is happily married and the mother of two beautiful children.