Toni taught second grade in Mapleton, Utah, and third grade in an inner-city school in Chicago before becoming a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. She says the greatest treasure from her education at BYU was her increased love of learning and reading. Whether as a teacher, mother, or youth leader, she emphasizes the importance of reading. She has taught and seen firsthand the bonding power of daily reading in families. Her sons would rather read than watch TV. Her degree and certification as a teacher give her credibility and respect outside the classroom as she serves as an advocate for the young men and women she mentors. Toni and her husband, Daniel, live in Chicago and are the parents of three boys.