Tonia Howard works as the chief of leadership development and special programs in Lancaster Independent School District. Lancaster ISD was the first district in Texas to utilize the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement at all campuses. Under Dr. Howard's leadership the district continues to use the TAP processes to build teacher and administrator capacity in order to positively impact student achievement. Prior to this role, she has been an executive director of school improvement and bilingual education, and an executive principal in Lancaster ISD.
Before working in Lancaster ISD, she served 17 years in Richardson ISD as a campus administrator and director of the TAP System. Richardson ISD was the first district in Texas to utilize TAP to improve teacher recruitment and retention. While serving as the TAP director, Dr. Howard had the opportunity to train leaders in South Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas on the TAP System.
Dr. Howard completed her doctorate at University of Texas at Arlington in humanities and her dissertation titled "Historical Interpretations" was published in 2002. She obtained her master's degree in education administration from Texas A & M Commerce and her bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.