Tonia Holmes-Sutton, Ed.D. '12, a dual graduate from UNLV's College of Education, having earned her Master's Degree in Special Education in 2004 and her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2012, is leading the way in education advocacy in southern Nevada. Tonia is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in her 16th year of teaching, serving students and families in low-socioeconomic status communities within the Las Vegas Valley. Locally, Tonia works to provide support and service to new teachers in the Clark County School District (CCSD) as a Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Consulting Teacher, along with her role as a Certified Mentor for the CCSD Employee Onboarding and Development Department. More globally, Tonia serves as a Governor-appointed member on the Nevada State Board of Education, on the WestEd Board of Directors, and for the Southwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Within these roles, Tonia strives to commit to excellence in service to education.
Dr. Holmes-Sutton has been included in the Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education and Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators. In addition, she is the Vice President of the UNLV Alumni Association College of Education Chapter, continuing to actively engage fellow College alums to stay connected to the University.
She cites her training at UNLV as instrumental to her career path: "My education at UNLV, the College of Education faculty, and my mentors thoroughly prepared me for my career as a professional educator. The educational opportunities afforded to me at UNLV provided me with the quality skills, strategies, confidence, and disposition needed to engage in leadership capacities within the field of education at the local, state, and national levels. Committed to excellence in service and education, UNLV and the College of Education encouraged and challenged me to be an exceptional professional."