Tonya Williams, Chief Administrative Officer
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.
Ms. Williams is a graduate of University of Louisiana at Monroe. She believes the educational realm needs "passionately-committed leaders". These individuals are humble and full of contagious energy and enthusiasm for learning. They are goal-driven, motivating and possess the ability to problem-solve and take calculated 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. 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
James K. McDonald, Chief Operations Officer – 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 four years in the United States Navy. He spent extended periods of time in Hawaii and the Philippines and visited many other countries during his service. This experience has given him the understanding and knowledge to work with many diverse cultures. After his time 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, traveling and riding ATV’s with the whole family.
Dr. Marco A. Hinojosa, Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Hinojosa has been in public education for 23 years. He has been a teacher, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer in both Public School Districts and Charter School Districts in Texas. Dr. Hinojosa has learned first-hand what works and what doesn’t work in schools facing diverse challenges. He is committed to providing a safe environment with high academic standards for students in order to prepare them for a successful future.
Dr. Hinojosa has a “can-do" attitude and a willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure students learn and succeed. He believes that working with students is a blessing and considers it "the best job in the world." Dr. Hinojosa believes that building and supporting a high-performing TEAM is the key to ensuring academic success for all students. Building Champions with a future and a hope is the goal of our outstanding team at Advantage Academy!