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History, purpose, reviews & testimonials

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Mission

Faith Family Academy's mission is to empower and educate the whole child for lifelong success as a responsible leader in the community. FFA provides an exemplary education for a diverse student body by emphasizing positive self-esteem, high academic standards, an appreciation for the fine arts, and civic responsibility.

Purpose

FFA is to empower and educate the whole child for lifelong success as a responsible leader in the community.

Vision

Faith Family Academy's Vision is to empower and educate every student to change the world.

About Us

Faith Family Academy charter school is rooted in a tradition of empowering students, cultivating a supportive environment for faculty and staff, and growing strong community relationships.

Bilingual and dual language programs, technology, a comprehensive curriculum, character education and a focus on the arts allow FFA to offer engaging, 21st century classroom experiences to students – at no cost.

FFA was established as a private school in 1990, and in 1998, transitioned to a public charter school. Today, its two campuses serve close to 3,000 students from 16 independent school districts in Dallas and Ellis counties.

"Both my children attend this school and we could not be happier! It is a great school with very caring teachers and staff. It is a growing school but they still try to keep the class sizes small so the kids get more individualized attention. It is PK-12 and the National Honor Society students have "buddies" in the lowers grades that they read with. It is such a joy to see all ages of kids working together and learning. I LOVE this school!"
- Parent

"Love this school! We started at Waxahachie Faith Family in the middle of last year. I can't tell you how great it is to drop your child off in the morning and have them excited about school. As a parent I know [my son] is happy and being taken care of. He is receiving an outstanding education and his best interest is always considered. I love this school!"
- Parent

"This school has one of the best art departments I have ever seen. And it's a total secret for some reason!"
- Teacher

"The teachers and staff at the elementary campus are incredible! I am so proud to be a member of FFA. The principal has high expectations for both staff members and students. It is a great place to work."
- Teacher

"My daughter has a learning difficulty and they have been very helpful and supportive of her needs."
- Parent

"I have two children attending FFA. I love the progress the school is making and the changes it [has] made. The teachers are incredible and my son's pre-k teacher is amazing. My son learned so much. The school has a app [called] classdojo that allows you to monitor your kids' progress and discipline problems. For my other son he is taking advanced classes is a A and B student, does great on all major tests and is in cross country. FFA played a big part in his education. Thank you."
- Parent

"Faith Family Academy is a great school. As a former student at Faith Family Academy I personally know how great the teachers are. The clubs at Faith Family Academy are outstanding. The school goals are to make great leaders out of every student. My message is clear - these students are future leaders."
- Former Student


DISTRICT LEADERSHIP

Superintendent of Schools

Mollie Purcell Ed.D.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Title(s)
Superintendent of Schools

Education

Degree(s)
Master of Education - Special Education, Texas Women’s University
Master of Education - Education Administration, Lamar University
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art History and Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts - Art History and History, The University of Texas at Austin
Doctor of Education, The University of Texas at Austin

Other Information

Employed Since
2000

Chief Operating Officer

Dean McGuire M.Ed.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Department(s)
Maintenance & Operations
Title(s)
Chief Operating Officer, General Contractor

Education

Degree(s)
Master of Education - Education Administration, Lamar University
Bachelor of Science - Physical Education & Business Administration, Lubbock Christian University

Other Information

Biography
Dean McGuire has 29 years of experience in the education field and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance & Operations and General Contractor for the district. Before joining Faith Family Academy, he taught and coached basketball at Duncanville High School, where he was part of the team that won a national championship title. At Faith Family Academy, he began as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director. He then moved into the position of Executive Director of Maintenance & Operations, where he began work on the facilities expansion of the Oak Cliff and Waxahachie campuses.

Mr. McGuire earned his Bachelor's degree at Lubbock Christian University, his Master's of Education at Lamar University, and his Superintendent certification at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Chief Financial Officer

Amanda Subjinski Ed.D.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Department(s)
Accountability, Finance, Human Resources
Title(s)
Chief Financial Officer

Education

Degree(s)
Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership, The University of North Texas
Master of Education - Teaching, The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Arts - Exercise Sport Health Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington

Other Information

Biography

Amanda Subjinski has 18 years of experience in the education field and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the district. Before joining Faith Family Academy, she taught special education in Irving ISD. At Faith Family Academy, she began as Educational Diagnostician. She then moved into the position of Coordinator of Special Programs, Director of Special Programs, and Assistant Superintendent for Accountability, Finance, and Human Resources in 2011, where the district has held the highest Charter FIRST ratings of Superior/Passed for the past 5 years.

Dr. Subjinski earned her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Texas at Arlington, her Masters of Education in Teaching at The University of Texas at Arlington, and her Doctorate of Education at The University of North Texas. She also holds her principal and superintendent certification. She became a Registered Texas School Business Administrator (RTSBA) in 2016 from Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO). She has also maintained her continuing education as a Texas Registered Professional Educational Diagnostician (TPED) and a Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician (NCED).



Assistant Superintendent

Michael Dang M.Ed.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Department(s)
Accountability
Title(s)
Assistant Superintendent of Accountability & Instruction

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
Master of Education - School Administration, Texas Women's University
Bachelor of Science - Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Superintendent

Shanda Jones M.Ed.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Department(s)
Special Education
Title(s)
Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
Master of Education - Education, Guidance & Counseling, The University of Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice & Sociology, The University of Southwestern Louisiana

Other Information

Biography

I am originally from Louisiana. I received both my Bachelors and Masters in Education from the University of Louisiana. I am a proud parent of 2 beautiful daughters and a wife to an extraordinary guy for 10 ½ years. I have been an educator for 14 years. This year marks my 11th year with Faith Family Academy Charters and I love every minute of it! As Executive Director of Special Programs, my purpose is to empower and educate the whole child for life-long success. At Faith Family Academy Charters we are the ones who give 100% everyday!

Assistant Superintendent

Jason Oliver Ed.D.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Title(s)
Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
Doctor of Education - Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Education - Leadership and Policy Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science - Education, Texas Christian University

Other Information

Biography

Jason Oliver is Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership at Faith Family Academy. Dr. Oliver previously served as a turnaround principal in the Fort Worth Independent School District. From 2007-2010, Dr. Oliver was the principal at Kirkpatrick Middle School. During this period, Kirkpatrick MS improved from a rating of Academically Unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency, to being chosen as one of five National Model Schools by the International Center for Leadership in Education. From 2010-2013, Dr. Oliver was the principal of Arlington Heights High School. During this time period, Arlington Heights High School exhibited growth in not only student achievement, but teacher morale as well. Dr. Oliver began his career as a middle school teacher and coach. Dr. Oliver is completed his doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin in February of 2016. Jason is happily married to his wonderful wife and the father of two children, and loves to fish as much as he can.

Executive Director

Ryan Harris M.Ed.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Department(s)
Human Resources
Title(s)
Executive Director of Human Resources

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
Master of Education - Educational Administration, The University of North Texas at Dallas
Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology, The University of North Texas

Executive Director

Shirley Heitzman M.Ed.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Department(s)
Community Engagement & Support Initiatives
Title(s)
Executive Director of Development

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
Master of Education - Educational Leadership, The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts - Linguistics, The University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts - International Studies, Karl Franzens Universitat

Other Information

Biography

Shirley M. Heitzman, M. Ed. currently serves Faith Family Academy as the Director of Support Initiatives and Community Engagement. Ms. Heitzman works closely with Guillermo Miranda, Bilingual Coordinator of Student Support Initiatives, and Whitney McAnallen, Marketing Coordinator, to support and expand parent and community engagement programming, marketing and communications efforts, and community partnerships and resource development at Faith Family Academy. She also works with the district leadership team on Response to Intervention (RTI) and Gifted and Talented programming. Ms. Heitzman joins Faith Family Academy with over 15 years of experience in PreK-12 public school teaching, administration, parent and community engagement, and external resource development. Ms. Heitzman’s passion is to work with PreK-12 teachers, principals, and district leaders to create partnerships with corporate, philanthropic and government partners that increase financial and volunteer support for our most important educational initiatives. Ms. Heitzman received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Hook’em Horns!!! She also loves Irish music and dance, hiking, and reading.

Executive Director

Felicia Johnson M.Ed.

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Central Administration
Department(s)
Accountability
Title(s)
Executive Director of Accountability & Assessment

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
Master of Education - Leadership & Policy Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science - Education: Science & Math, Dallas Baptist University

Other Information

Biography

I was born in Shreveport Louisiana and raised in Garland Texas. I graduated from South Garland High School and received my B.S. from Dallas Baptist University in Science and Mathematics and my Masters in Education Administration from University of Texas of Arlington. I have been serving in the field of Education since 1999. My professional experience includes a high school math teacher for 9 years, Head Basketball and Volleyball Coach for 7 years and a Dean of Instruction for 4 years in Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband of 12 years, one daughter and three sons. It is my belief that education is essential to a meaningful life and every day brings about a unique opportunity for an educator to make a positive impact on the life of all students.

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