University of South Florida
B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy
Tonya Singleton moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2001 from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Born in West Virginia, Tonya was always passionate about the water, so moving from the mountains to the sea was a natural fit. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida. After doing an internship at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, she was given a permanent position as a Biological Scientist in their Fisheries Department. While employed with the Fish Wildlife Commission, Tonya conducted research regarding the health and population of a variety of fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. With the encouragement of family and friends, Tonya accepted a teaching position at Admiral Farragut Academy ultimately leading to her dream of teaching others about Florida waters, by way of SCUBA diving. Tonya received her open water certification in 1996 subsequently, receiving certifications in Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diving, Nitrox, Dive Master, and finally Instructor. This allows her to combine her knowledge of science and math with her passion for the underwater world.
Tonya spends her personal time with her husband of twelve years and their three children. Together they enjoy traveling and engaging in various outdoor activities.