Hameister, Tonya, Ph.D.

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Hameister, Tonya, Ph.D.

Tonya Hameister - Special & Early Childhood Education

Tonya Hameister, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise 

Tonya Hameister headshot

Doctor of Philosophy 

University of Wisconsin Madison 2012

Phone: (920) 424-7210

Office: NE 418



  • Cross-categorical

  • Twice Exceptional

  • Gifted Education

  • Educational Leadership

  • Assessment for Learning

Dr. Tonya (Toni) Hameister is an assistant professor of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.   She has a BA in both Elementary Education and Historical Philosophy, a M.S. in Cross Categorical Special Education (emphasis classes in Gifted and Talented), and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with (K-12 administration specialty). 

Dr. Hameister has worked in K-12 public schools in Milwaukee, Mequon, and Neenah, WI, and in Manhattan, KS, schools. Dr. Hameister has taught in both regular education and special education and has many years of experience working to diversify educational opportunity for all students.  Dr. Hameister has also worked in higher education for most of her career, facilitating learning opportunities for future teachers and administrators to positively impact the world and supporting the development of new and updated graduate level licensure programs for teachers and administrators. She has presented at local, state and national conferences in collaboration with other colleagues on topics such as assessment for learning leadership, culturally responsive and sensitive practice, diversification of instruction and assessment, Universal Design for Learning in the classroom, gifted education programming, online teacher education preparation programming and professional learning, and generational understandings of leadership. She is dedicated to her work in building shared understandings of inclusivity and in advancing student learning. 

Dr. Hameister has a special commitment to using quality assessment decision making practices to generate appropriately aligned instruction. Her current research interests lay in assessment for learning leadership, inclusive practice, twice exceptional (special and gifted education) programming and generational understandings in leadership work.

Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh: January 2016 as Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Special and Early Childhood Department

Years of PK-12 Experience: 7 years

Classes Typically Taught:

  • Advocacy, Family, & Special Education Law
  • Students with Disabilities in General Education
  • Administrative Organization, Collaboration & Leadership in Special Education/Pupil Services

  • Supervision of students in Advanced Practicum, & Student Teaching Placements
  • Director of Special Education/Pupil Services Courses
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