Inspirational Women Of Detroit


LaToniya A. Jones (Founder)      

Ms. Jones is committed to offering innovative ways of seeing, saying, and doing math in order to develop mathematically literate communities. She believes that the barriers of fear, anxiety, limited access to resources, and myths associated with who can and cannot do well with mathematics should no longer be seen as a hindrance for metropolitan families.

Ms. Jones works diligently to build relationships, partnerships, and friendships with families, companies, and organizations who can provide the necessary
talent for 
this important work.

Coaching others towards their life goals and cultivating positive learning communities is her mission, passion, and purpose in life!  She is inspired to leave a legacy of compassion, leadership, and entrepreneurship for her 3 sons.

Ms. Jones started pioneering opportunities for others as a young girl. She helped friends learn crafts, helped her aunt with seasonal activities/parties for neighborhood youth, and played “school” with those who didn’t have a strong family support system. At Miller Middle School in Detroit, she was the founding president of the National Junior Honor Society. She believed that scholars of all ages deserved an opportunity to shine and give back before entering high school. As a sophomore in high school, she started Mere Excellence, a social club for girls from 5 different high schools of all different shapes and backgrounds to avoid the popularity contests of other school based clubs. The girls had fun while raising money through skating parties and other events for charitable organizations and churches in her community for 2 years.

LaToniya was educated in the Detroit Public Schools District and graduated from Cass Technical High School (’86).  She earned a bachelor of science degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Concordia University (’95) and a Masters of Education Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration from Wayne State University (’02). 

LaToniya has more than 15 years experience in education. Her career has afforded her an opportunity to serve as a math instructor, lead teacher, speaker and presenter at state conventions, consultant, middle school principal, and higher education administrator (Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio). Ms. Jones is the Owner/Lead Consultant of P.O.W.E.R. (Providing Options While Educating Rigorously) Institute, LLC — for schools, workforce development, and job placement/test preparation coaching. She also serves as Department Chair for Developmental Education at Baker College of Auburn Hills.

A few of the presentations that she has made on behalf of creating stronger learning communities include: a “Promising Programs Panelist” at the kickoff for the Midwest Region Girls Collaborative Project; Michigan Association of Public School Academies Conference; and 140 Characters Conference – featuring the power of Twitter – in Detroit (October 2010) where connections were made locally and globally to continue this message. 

Ms. Jones has received numerous awards, recognition, and grants during the past few years including recognition by Clorox Pine Sol Company as a “Woman Making a Powerful Difference”. But, none are as humbling as a past parent or child participant who shares their personal stories of “Succeeding with Math” because of the investment or connection she and many others have fostered via P.O.W.E.R. Organization.  

LaToniya welcomes you to join this power-filled journey!

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