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Toni Hull Ed.D
Classroom Fellow
Las Cruces, NM
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Bio/Overview: Dr. Hull is a Middle School Principal for the Las Cruces Public Schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In her newest role as principal, she is working hard to reimagine middle school education by creating a project-based middle school with a focus on cultivating leadership in teachers and students while integrating electives such as art, music, culinary, etc. into the core subjects. As a 2012 Teacher Ambassador Fellow, Hull conducted numerous roundtable discussions with teachers all across the southern United States and has taken the lead in highlighting the needs of students and teachers in the southwest which culminated in a visit by then Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the tiny border town of Columbus, New Mexico. She is committed to continuing to promote the dialogue between educators in the southwest and the Department of Education as a TAF alumnus. After working for Deming Public Schools in Deming, New Mexico for 6 years, located approximately 30 miles from the Mexican border, Hull took on the position of instructional coach and science teacher in Las Cruces before becoming an administrator. She served as assistant principal at the middle school level before being offered the position of principal. She also teaches courses online in educational leadership when she can, most recently teaching for New Mexico State University. She relocated to New Mexico in 2007 after teaching science for 14 years in New York State. Hull has taught biology to students ranging from middle school through college and takes every opportunity to guest teach in the classrooms of her teachers so that she stays close to her roots as a teacher.

Educational Values/Philosophy: Hull was inspired to become a science teacher while taking an Advanced Biology course in high school, where her professor helped students make a personal connection with the science content which motivated them to want to learn. Her experience in that class inspired her to do the same with her students for over 24 years, and in her current role as principal she uses the same philosophy with the educators she leads. Hull believes that in order for learners to be engaged they need to personally connect to the content and come equipped with the personal development tools necessary to effectively assimilate that content with their prior knowledge. Hull also believes that learning should be fun and should be experiential. We learn mostly from experiences, so she challenges her teachers to create learning experiences for their students that are relevant, rigorous and fun. Hull is committed to the philosophy of continuous improvement both personally and professionally.

Achievements: Last year, Dr. Hull was selected as a 2015 Woodrow Wilson Fellow in New Mexico, receiving a full tuition fellowship to obtain her MBA from New Mexico State University, which she will complete in the summer of 2017. Hull is a member of the International Honor Society in Education Kappa Delta Pi, the National Leadership Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa, and was a recipient of a U.S. Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship. Hull has received the Deming Public Schools Professional Staff of the Year in 2013, and the Cairo-Durham Teacher with Outstanding Professional Service Award in 1995. She also recently completed advanced training in the skill of Cognitive Coaching, which she utilizes to assist teachers in becoming self-directed learners. In her community, Hull received the Toastmasters Competent Communicator Award in 2010 for her public speaking abilities.

Leadership Experience: Dr. Hull has been an administrator for 2 years, serving as an Assistant Principal before becoming Principal. Hull has been a leader in science education, as evidenced by her role as a regular presenter at New York and New Mexico teaching conferences. Her workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, motivational techniques, continuous improvement methods and teacher personal development have been popular among conference participants. Hull served as NMASCD President and has created and implemented a monthly personal development workshop training series called “Feed Your Mind” that focuses on increasing the productivity and performance of teachers and staff. She has also been invited to present at various schools in New York and New Mexico. In the community, she has served as Vice President of Membership for Toastmasters and was a Weight Watchers Leader for 5 years.

Affiliations: Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), ASCD, NM Public Education Department’s State Literacy Team, Toastmasters International, Science Teachers Association of New York State, the New York State United Teachers, National Science Teachers Association and New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.

Education: Hull received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/Secondary education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in natural sciences from Colgate University, and recently earned a doctorate in K-12 educational leadership from Jones International University, graduating summa cum laude. She is currently pursuing her MBA from New Mexico State University.

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • Middle Level Education Reform
  • Project Based Learning
  • Personal development for educators
  • Teacher leadership and action research
  • Border issues in education


   
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