Dr. Toni Harrison-Kelly
"My goal in this work is to help teachers give students what I didn't have - an education that centered and valued all of me, one where I felt connected and represented in every part of my educational experience!"
Dr. Kelly's areas of focus and expertise:
Belonging in the classroom
College and career readiness
Dr. Toni Harrison-Kelly is a fifteen-year teaching veteran, having taught science, technology, engineering and mathematics at both the elementary and secondary levels. Toni is also an education consultant, having worked with a variety of community partners, including KERA, the Dallas-area PBS affiliate, and Southern Methodist University, where she currently serves as Executive Director of the Budd Center at the Simmons School of Education. She is also a highly-rated presenter, having trained nearly 1,500 parents and educators to date at local, state and national conferences. Toni earned a Bachelor of Science from University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology-Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University where she researched using gamification to achieve equitable student engagement in the middle school classroom. In addition to serving as co-founder and managing partner at SLSJ, she is also the executive director of the Budd Center at Southern Methodist University's Simmons School of Education in Dallas, Texas.