Tovi is a visionary and innovative educator with a record of notable achievements that she brings with her to the Partners Leadership Team. Before joining Partners, Tovi was the principal of San Lorenzo High School. In that post, she led a complete turnaround in the school’s culture and climate, brought back the first PTSA in 20 years, and created structures and policies that fostered substantially improved outcomes for students of color. Even while serving in the demanding role of a high school principal, Tovi authored a book that inspires and educates parents to be strong partners with their child’s school. In addition, Tovi taught at Mills College and became certified with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a program that blends evidence-based mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and neuroscience to awaken the best in people and organizations. From 2010 to 2012, Tovi served as Executive Director of the Urban Services branch of the YMCA of the East Bay. Before that, she co-founded and led a nonprofit private school (grades 6-12) focusing on STEM education for underserved youth in the Bay Area. Tovi has received many accolades, including for example ACSA’s 2015 Marcus Foster Memorial Award, a “Community Hero” award from The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, and the “2009 Woman of Greatness” award from the mayor of Oakland, California. Ms. Scruggs holds B.A.s in English and Social Welfare as well as a M.A. in Education. Her certifications include a secondary teaching credential in English and health, CLAD training, and an administrative credential.
“If you are thinking 1 year ahead, plant a seed. If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.” – Confucius