Phone: 401-278-0504


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors: Elementary Education & Bilingual Spanish Endorsement - Rhode Island College Special Education Degree - Providence College Masters: Urban Multicultural Special Education with a Concentration in ESL - Rhode Island College Administration Certificate through CLEE: Principal Residency Program

Tonya Costa

Tonya Costa is the current Principal at Alfred Lima Elementary School. She has served the students of the Providence Public School District (PPSD) as a Bilingual Special Education Teacher and now Principal for 23 years. During her college years, she studied abroad in Mexico and Puerto Rico where she learned Spanish.

Tonya earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Bilingual Spanish Endorsement from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her Special Education Degree from Providence College, and then earned her Master's in Urban Multicultural Special Education with a Concentration in ESL from Rhode Island College. Tonya received her Administration Certificate from the Center for Leadership for Educational Equity (CLEE) through the Principal Residency Network. 

Tonya's vision for Alfred Lima Elementary School is to create an environment that supports students, families, and educators through collaborative partnerships with local universities and community agencies. Her goal is to provide equitable access to high quality urban education and social emotional services for students and families of all cultures and backgrounds.