Dr. Toni Denese Sturdivant

Title: Assistant Professor
Company: Texas A&M University-Commerce
Location: Hurst, Texas, United States

Toni Sturdivant, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in early childhood education and as a professional learning specialist.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics with a minor in African American studies in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Sturdivant followed with a Master of Education in child development in 2012 from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She later continued her education with a Doctor of Philosophy in education in 2020 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Dr. Sturdivant began her career in education as an early childhood teacher and a member of the campus leadership team from 2012 to 2014 with the San Antonio Independent School District. She then excelled with the City of San Antonio as a master teacher and professional learning specialist responsible for developing and presenting training programs and instructional materials through a variety of learning methods from 2014 to 2017. 

Dr. Sturdivant served a doctoral fellowship with The University of Texas at San Antonio from 2017 to 2020 and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Texas at Arlington from 2019 to 2020 and an adjunct instructor with Tarrant County College in Hurst in 2020. She founded Toni Sturdivant Consulting, an educational coaching firm, in 2019. She has shone as an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction with Texas A&M University-Commerce since 2021, with her research focusing on positive identity development in young children through an intersectional lens. 

Attributing her success to being passionate in early childhood development and in her research in racial identity development, Dr. Sturdivant initially wanted to be a physician when she was a child. Her grandfather often told her that she would become a teacher, which became a friendly argument between the two, because she really wanted to be a doctor. Now, she can say that they were both right. Her goal in the coming years is to continue writing and publish more research.

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