Who I am
Dr. LaTonya Barnes Sibley leads as an independent national educational consultant, focusing on influencing positive educational change and improving student achievement. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building within educational settings.
She also serves as a professor, state director, speaker, writer, and professional educational consultant who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative ways to transform teaching and learning. During her professional career, Dr. Sibley has served as an early childhood, elementary, and middle school teacher, curriculum coach, as well as a testing and assessment coordinator. She has also served as the Alabama Site Director of the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Dr. Sibley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications (2004), Master of Arts in Education (2010), and Doctor of Philosophy in Education (2017) degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Sibley is also a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), holding an Early Childhood Generalist certificate (2014) with the National Board for Professional Standards (NBPTS).
Dr. Sibley is a proud product of Selma City Schools, located in the historic Selma, Alabama. She’s married to her best friend, Dr. Michael Sibley. She enjoys playing with her fur-babies, Diamond and Pearl, teaching Sunday School at a local nursing home, mentoring students and educators, researching, reading, as well as vacationing with family. Connect with her on social media: @DrLaTonyaSibley.
Why I Joined BWEL
I am interested in being a member of BWEL because I desire to be in community with other Black women leaders in education. Membership in BWEL will provide me with opportunities to serve other Black women in the field and it will provide personal and professional enrichment for my own growth and development.
Dr. LaTonya Sibley, NBCT
BWEL National President 2021-2023
What I do for BWEL
The President provides leadership for BWEL, sets the date and agenda for, and presides at, all meetings of the Board, appoints all committees, assists with conference planning, is responsible to see that any necessary paid staff support (e.g., the conference coordinator) is secured.
An active member of several professional organizations, Dr. Sibley serves as the 2021-2023 President of Black Women Education Leaders, Inc. She is also a founding member of the Alabama Alliance of Black School Educators (AL-ABSE) and the National Board Network of Accomplished Minoritized Educators (NB-NAME). Dr. Sibley is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
She has received many awards and recognitions, including being honored in the 2020 Hall of Fame with Black Women Education Leaders, Inc., receiving the 2016 Outstanding Service Award from Alabama State University – Central Alabama Regional Education Inservice Center and earning the distinguishment of 2015 Educator of the Year from Junior Achievement of Alabama. She was also appointed as the 2015 Young Professional Advisory Member from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).