Toni has been a resident of San Jose since getting her B.A. and California Teaching Credential from San Jose State. She has a M.A. in Bilingual/Cross-cultural Education from Santa Clara University and thirty-eight years of experience in public education. Her years as a middle school principal prepared her for the many joys and challenges of working with the diverse population of our valley. She has an understanding of and a passion for working with special ability populations. In addition, she has worked in concert with many community agencies in bringing arts education as well as life skills services to her school for all students. She has been a teacher trainer, an officer with the Santa Clara County Reading Council, a volunteer with the Santa Clara County Senior Centers, Montalvo Arts Center, and is currently active at the local and state level with the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional organization for women in education. She has a strong belief in the principles, mission, and vision of the College of Adaptive Arts and she is committed to equal opportunity to lifelong education for all individuals.