Ms. Tonkin has been an educator for 10 years. In the classroom, she taught second through seventh grades. In 2012, she began with JCS La Mesa during its inaugural year, as a 4th grade teacher. She continued her journey with JCS as the Academy Coordinator of SDA-AS, a STEAM-focused 6-8 grade program. In this role, she valued the opportunities to collaborate with teachers and to help promote a positive community for students. She brings these experiences to her administrative role as Assistant Director of K-8 Academy Programs. Ms. Tonkin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Services Credential, all from San Diego State University.