Dear Fred K. Marchman Technical College Community,
Over the course of my career, I have held a variety of roles, spanning early childhood education through the university level. I have a total of nine years of school based administrative experience, seven years of district administrative experience, one year of coaching experience, and seven years of classroom teaching experience. Most recently I served as the Secondary Academic Program Coordinator for Pasco County Schools. Admittedly, my heart has always been with students, in schools, so this opportunity was one I could not pass up.
My first experience with Career Technical and Adult Education was as a GED teacher in the late 1990s. In 2010, while serving as a school leader at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, my eyes were opened to the value of career dual enrollment and industry certifications. I also have seen first-hand how CTAE creates higher graduation rates, supports critical thinking skills, and teaches important career skills like communication, collaboration, and creativity. What I appreciate most about CTAE is the positive economic impact it has not only on the individual student but the entire family. Here at Marchman, I firmly believe that we are all working toward the same common goal – that our students are college, career, and community ready.
On a personal note, I am married to William, and we have an eight-year-old daughter, Taylor. Taylor is a second grader who keeps us both on the go with her very busy dance schedule. William is a former Marine and general contractor who enjoys aviation. I look forward to introducing them to the Marchman community.
To our students, parents, and community members, I cannot wait to meet you all Please know that I have an open-door policy; do not hesitate to contact me.
Tonia Shook, M.A.T. and M.Ed.
Fred K. Marchman Technical College