Faith Family Academy educates, empowers and inspires every child for lifelong success.
Faith Family Academy is considered among the best schools in the country - public or private. We are recognized for setting new standards in public education, and we measure our progress based on:
- Academic quality
- Student success beyond the classroom
- A positive campus and district culture, and
- A dynamic, creative organizational environment
Our school community consists of families who dare to lead and are actively involved in the education of their children, teachers who are engaged and passionate about learning, and students who become caring, confident, accomplished and inspiring individuals.
Our Core Beliefs
Education Transcends the Classroom
Since 1990, Faith Family Academy has offered unparalleled education at no cost to families in Dallas and Waxahachie. Today, Faith Family Academy is setting new standards for public education by combining leading-edge learning, exceptional experiences and endless opportunities to grow, serve and lead to students from PreK through 12th grade.
Faith Family Academy is an "A" rated district as measured by the Texas Education Agency, but we go beyond the classroom with signature programs that give students the chance to learn, explore and express themselves both inside and outside of the classroom, including:
- EXPLORE360® Adventure Learning
- Navy JROTC
- Championship-caliber Athletics
- Two-Way Dual Language
- Dual-Enrollment College Credit
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
- Perfect Attendance
- Character Education
Our students are Explorers, Leaders, Creator, Artists, Performers, Citizens and Champions.
This is Public Education That Goes Beyond the Classroom.
Mollie Purcell Mozley Ed.D.
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
Amanda Subjinski Ed.D.
Master of Education - Teaching, The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Arts - Exercise Sport Health Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington
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).
Michael Dang Ed.D.
Bachelor of Science - Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin
Jason Oliver Ed.D.
Master of Education - Leadership and Policy Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science - Education, Texas Christian University
Jason Oliver is the Chief of Schools 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.
Ryan Harris M.Ed.
Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology, The University of North Texas
Felicia Johnson M.Ed.
Bachelor of Science - Education: Science & Math, Dallas Baptist University
Dr. Felicia Johnson serves as an Assistant Superintendent of Faith Family Academy. She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Garland, Texas. She graduated from South Garland High School and received her B.S. from Dallas Baptist University in Science and Mathematics and her Masters in Education Administration from the University of Texas of Arlington. Dr. Johnson has been serving in the field of Education since 1999. Her professional experience includes being 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. She has been blessed with a wonderful husband of 12 years, one daughter, and three sons. It is her 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.
Shirley Heitzman Ed. D.
Master of Arts, Education, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Arts, Educational Administration (Principal Certification), The University of Texas at Tyler
Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Shirley M. Heitzman, Ed. D., currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent at Faith Family Academy. Her goal is to increase community and philanthropic support for Faith Family Academy programs that positively impact students, parents/families, and staff.
Dr. Heitzman has worked in K-12 education for almost 20 years as a teacher and administrator with a focus on community engagement, partnerships, and philanthropic development. She is the Past President of the District 5810 Dallas North Rotary Club; Past Education Committee Chair of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce; and member of the North Dallas Chamber.
Dr. Heitzman received her Doctorate in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin; a Master of Arts in Education from The University of Texas at Austin; Master of Arts in Educational Administration (Principal Certification) from The University of Texas at Tyler; and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She holds certifications as a Classroom Teacher (EC-6), ESL (EC-6), Principal (EC-12), and Superintendent (EC-12). She enjoys two-stepping, good food, and reading good books.
Lorie Gassert Ph.D., NCED
Lorie Gassert has 21 years of experience in Special Education and currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent of Faith Family Academy. She started out her career as an Assistant Family Teacher for the Lena Pope Home. Her first teaching job was in Fort Worth ISD where she taught Instructional Resource, Content Mastery, and a Self-Contained Behavioral Classroom. After leaving the classroom she became an Educational Diagnostician in the Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District. During her ten years as an educational diagnostician she developed a passion for training and advocacy. Prior to joining FFA she served as the Special Education Coordinator for HEBISD for six years where she was able to support Assessment Services, Professional Development for Evaluation staff members, helped develop policies and practices, and worked to create a team focused on empowering others.
Dr. Gassert earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Texas Women’s University in Denton and her Doctorate of Philosophy at The University of North Texas. She also holds her principal certification and superintendent’s certification. She is a Texas Registered Professional Educational Diagnostician (TPED) and a Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician (NCED).