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Toni Parsons

Michelle A. (Toni) Parsons

Ms. Michelle (Toni) Parsons joined the Department of Mathematics as a new assistant professor specializing in Basic Skills Mathematics, effective Fall 2005 Semester. Toni received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from San Diego State University. She then continued her education and earned a Master of Arts degree in Pure Mathematics, also from SDSU. Toni's teaching experiences span SDSU and local community colleges. She is professionally affiliated with the American Mathematical Association, the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Toni has successfully taught developmental mathematics courses ranging from Fundamentals of Math through Prealgebra, Beginning and Intermediate Algebra. She has also been effective in teaching the sequence of math courses for elementary school teachers. Toni expresses significant patience and a deep knowledge of Math through her academic training in Pure Mathematics; both essential requirements for a successful Basic Skills Math instructor. She is skilled in a number of technologies including modeling and Maple software and has considerable experience with a wide variety of manipulatives used to help student learning.

In 2005, the statewide Basic Skills Initiative was started. So, naturally, she was put on the Basic Skills and Retention Committee, a committee she still currently serves. Being involved with this initiative has also gotten her involved statewide with Basic Skills. In 2009, she served on the statewide Basic Skills Committee, and was very involved with the CB21 coding rubrics. Toni traveled up and down the state creating and training on the rubrics. She also contributed to the writing of the equity gap in basic skills paper which was published in the Senate rostrum.

When Toni was hired in 2005 as a Basic Skills specialist, she was immediately put on the curriculum committee. In 2010, the committee elected her Curriculum Co-Chair and she has been serving in that position since then. Because of the experiences on the committee, Toni has an excellent knowledge base of all the courses and programs we offer, including CTE, and especially how basic skills courses affect the overall curriculum. In total, Toni  is very specialized in Basic Skills and Curriculum – two areas that will serve the Task Force well.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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