Meet Dr. Natasha Thornton

Natasha’s Journey

In “Revolutionary Love: Creating a Culturally Inclusive Classroom”, Natasha shares how as a classroom teacher, she had to do the difficult work of self-introspection to address some of the biases she held. Although she loved her students, she upheld practices, policies, and curriculum that did not culturally affirm her students.

Natasha’s self-work started by reading the scholarship of Drs. Gloria Ladson Billings, Lisa Delpit, Joyce King, and others who lifted up the beauty of Black culture and insisted that culture is central to learning. These new understandings greatly shaped her work.

Natasha’s Commitment

Natasha is committed to creating professional learning and instructional resources to support educators with providing meaningful, stimulating learning experiences that affirm the identities of students of color. 

Now, as the founder of Thornton Educational Consulting, Natasha develops and facilitates professional learning that is powerful and inspiring, and skillfully engages educators through reflective practices and actionable steps that impact classroom practice.

Natasha’s Experience

Natasha has 20 years of experience in the field of education and has served as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, college professor, and educational consultant. She presents locally and nationally at research and teacher/practitioner conferences. Natasha has also authored and co-authored articles on topics related to equity, culturally relevant literacy, and teacher development. Natasha resides in the Metro-Atlanta area with her husband and 2 sons.

“I have never encountered any children in any group who are not geniuses. There is no mystery on how to teach them. The first thing you do is treat them like human beings and the second thing you do is love them.”

– Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III

Mission

To develop professional learning and curricular resources that support racially affirming learning spaces for students of color.

Vision

To become a leading resource for transformational learning tools and experiences that support culturally affirming learning spaces for the students and communities of color.

Commitment

To advance love, joy, and justice in learning by curating resources and spaces that are shaped by the insights and practices of scholars and practitioners of color.

Clients

A few of the schools and organizations we’ve supported with professional learning sessions, coaching, and curricular/course design.

Georgia Department of Education: Summer Literacy Conference
Center for Black Educator Development: Freedom Schools Literacy Academy
Atlanta Public Schools: Secondary ELA Professional Learning Day
Henry County Schools: Red Oak Elementary School
Baldwin County Schools: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Griffin-Spalding Public Schools: A.Z. Kelsey Academy & Achievement Center
Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta: Various Programs and Projects