About Sonya Whitaker
Dr. Sonya L. Whitaker is a highly regarded educator who has seven years of experience as a school district Superintendent. Most recently, her commitment to excellence in education led to her pursing and successfully obtaining the National Superintendent’s Certification, sponsored by The School Superintendent’s Association (AASA).
Throughout her progressive career she has also served as a central office administrator for the largest elementary school district in the state of Illinois. At the district level, she held the titles of Director for Academic Improvement and Director of Literacy. In those positions she was responsible for coordinating curriculum, instruction, assessment and implementing research-based professional development opportunities for literacy coaches, reading specialists, principals and classroom teachers. Her responsibilities also included monitoring, analyzing and interpreting state and district data for continuous improvement of student achievement in the area of literacy. Dr. Whitaker has also had extensive experiences as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Classroom Teacher.
Dr. Sonya Whitaker is a published author. She has published a book entitled: Is There Anybody That Can Teach Me How to Read? She is currently in the process of writing her second book in which she introduces what she identifies as the Six Core Competencies Deeply Engrained in Culturally Responsive Leaders. She refers to these competencies as: Game Changers.
In April of 2010, Heinemann Educational publishing company released Dr. Whitaker’s professional development DVD entitled: The Culturally Responsive Teacher: How Understanding Culture Positively Impacts Instruction and Student Achievement.
As a national speaker she has provided consultation in the form of keynote presentations and town hall think-tank discussions to educators, politicians, community and faith based organizations in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kentwood and Benton Harbor Michigan, Little Rock, Arkansas, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California, Norfolk, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland and Las Vegas, Nevada amongst several other states.
Her career highlights include delivering a keynote presentation at the 53rd Annual Superintendent’s Conference hosted by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) in downtown Springfield, Illinois. Her career highlights also include serving as a moderator for the National Bullying Conference hosted at Columbia College in New York, New York (event capture via the CNN network). She was also honored to deliver a keynote presentation during the Norfolk Public Schools Tidewater Regional Conference and to Superintendents from across the country at the National Superintendent’s Leadership Summit hosted by the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Whitaker and her family reside in Illinois.