When Tovi began her principalship at a large Bay Area high school, she opened the first school-wide assembly in the first week of school telling students what they needed to hear most: that she loved them.
Tovi is a visionary educator, author, and award-winning urban high school principal with over 25 years of emotional intelligence and self-mastery experience. Tovi is in service to our youth by being an expert leader in equity, trauma-informed leadership & resilience, spiritual healing modalities, and emotional intelligence development for educators. Currently, Tovi serves as California’s Regional Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation, where she leads the largest regional team to improve educational outcomes in the nation’s lowest-performing schools. She also serves as the founding co-director of the Association of CA School Administrators Equity Leaders Academy, and as ACSA’s Region 6 State Equity Representative. Further, Tovi is a founding co-teacher of the trauma-informed leadership course at Mills College, where she uses an integral approach of inside-out work and research-based best-practices of adult learning to develop emotionally intelligent and SEL-influenced educators with strong leadership capacity to ensure that we educate the whole child as well as support educators to live lives with greater peace, ease, and resilience. Before re-entering the non-profit sector, Tovi co-founded a fully-accredited independent Black school with 100% college-going rates and was an urban high school principal who led a complete school transformation with scalable, replicable strategies focused on culture-climate and academic-culture building.
Intuitively, Tovi knew that the key to leadership success was self-awareness and personal growth and development – and not what she could traditionally find being offered by our public educational system. Using this deep knowingness, she earned her Certified Integral Coach designation by New Ventures West. Using the methodology of integral coaching in her professional work, she focuses on leadership and lifestyle strategies that result in the transformation of mindsets and ways-of-being to positively impact our work with the children we serve.
In addition, Tovi certified with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Globally, there are only a few hundred SIY Certified Teachers and less than 15 with a focus on educational settings with this rare expertise that she shares with others. SIYLI is a best in class and globally recognized program and network to awaken the best in people and organizations, including schools. Tovi is dedicated to bringing emotionally intelligent, mindful leadership to the leaders in our classrooms and the leaders in our schools all over the nation as her next body of educational leadership.
Deemed “Goddess-at-Work,” Tovi’s transformative, interactive workshops uniquely combine healing modalities of inside-out work, mindfulness, equity, leadership principles, and embracing one’s unique purpose and “professional spirituality” to co-create and reveal what she calls “Integral SELf-Mastery” – the vision and practices that enhance your work and leadership.
Tovi enjoys living in Oakland, CA with her husband, forest-bathing in the Redwoods, road-tripping the coastlines, pleasure reading, inviting deep-silence and even deeper conversations, and walking in her purpose world-wide.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
‘I used everything You gave me.’”
– Erma Bombeck
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