Tonya Perry is the recipient of the 2013 NCTE Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator. This award honors a junior high/middle level educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts.
Middle Level education has been Tonya’s focus throughout her career as a classroom teacher and university professor. As a Ph.D. professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, she teaches and researches on the topics of adolescent reading and writing and curriculum design in an effort to find the best ways to help teachers and students develop their talents to maximize their potential.
She works with various schools and districts to develop her inquiry into methods of critical and creative approaches of instruction. In one district, she facilitates monthly professional development on curriculum writing with middle and high school teachers.
Tonya has been an active member and office holder in many professional organizations throughout her career and continues to present at national, state, and local conferences and workshops. She has also been recognized with many awards including being named the Alabama Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.
Join us for the Halle Award celebrations during the NCTE Annual Convention:
- The award presentation will take place at the Middle Level Get-Together on Thursday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m.
- Meet Tonya and past Halle Award winners in Session D.47 "Excellence in the Middle: 2013 Halle and Hoey Award Winners."