Tonya Williams, Chief Administrative Officer – Ms. Williams has been a part of Advantage Academy since 2003. The various areas to which she's served are: 5th grade Self-contained teacher, 6th - 8th grade Mathematics teacher, Site Director, Campus Principal, and Director of Academics.
As a former graduate of ULM - formally Northeast Louisiana University where she began her teaching career, she believes the educational realm needs "passionate-committed leaders". These individuals are humble, full of contagious energy and enthusiasm for learning, goal-driven, motivating and are able to problem-solve and take risks in order to educate our future leaders of tomorrow.
Task completion with proven results through hard-work, collaboration, and positive partnerships is what Ms. Williams exemplifies and promotes on a daily basis at Advantage Academy. Establishing professional rapport and relationships with the district, campus faculty, and staff is where you can always find Ms. T. Williams at her best. Her mind is constantly focused on progress, academic excellence, and "Building Champions with a Future and a Hope."
Ms. Williams believes in the love and happiness of family. To this, her favorite verse is, “If I can help someone along the way, then my living won't be in vain."
James K. McDonald, Chief Operations Officer – Mr. McDonald is in his 9th year at Advantage Academy. Mr. McDonald oversees various school departments, including Technology, Human Resources, Marketing & Public Relations and Student Discipline/Safety. Since his beginning with Advantage Academy, he has developed many new systems and programs, such as the Student Discipline Program, the Emergency Response Plan and the Athletic Program.
The Operations Officer is also responsible for policy & systems development, quality control and procedure-process implementation. Mr. McDonald feels strongly that it takes good people, discipline, hard work and a strong belief system as well as established policies and procedures to help an organization succeed and work like a well-oiled machine.
Stationed out of Japan and later San Diego, Mr. McDonald served in the United States Navy, where he spent extended periods of time in Hawaii and the Philippines, and visited many other countries. This experience has given him the understanding and knowledge to work with many diverse cultures. After serving in the military, Mr. McDonald worked in the technology field throughout Arizona and California and owned a small relocation business for many years in the San Diego area.
Mr. McDonald and his wife Angie now reside in Midlothian, Texas, where they enjoy their time watching their two children grow into adulthood, sporting activities, travelling with their children and riding ATV’s with the whole family.