Dr. April Willis is a dynamic professional with 10 years of experience in educational leadership, business, finance, & operations. Her areas of expertise include charter schools, human resources, non-profits, federal/state compliance, & public relations. She is driven by the need to achieve high expectations while empowering others to reach their full potential
With a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, two Master's degrees in Education (Curriculum & Instruction and Administration), and a Master’s in Business Administration, April values being a lifelong learner and applying theories to practice. Her entire career has been working with charter schools at the campus, district, and state levels of education in Texas. She started as an elementary teacher for the University of Texas Charter Schools where she earned her principal certification and served as the LPAC Coordinator, Campus Testing Coordinator, ARD Facilitator, and Volunteer Liaison. She eventually moved to the Texas Center of District & School Support at Education Service Center Region 13 where she supported low-performing schools and districts across Texas through site visits, conferences, and research & development of new resources/materials. She also spearheaded the charter initiative for Region 13. After that, she became the Director of Business Operations at the district level/CMO for a charter school in Austin. She led the district through everything it takes to keep schools up and running. From payroll to purchasing and human resources to grant writing, she ensured that deadlines were met, people were happy, and children had a place to learn. From here, she launched her own consulting firm with the mission of helping organizations and individuals leverage their strengths to maximize their potential.
She has published two books on achieving academic and professional excellence. April serves on several boards, including six years on a charter school board, with three of those years as Chair. In her free time, April volunteers with the Junior League of Austin & Hutto Women’s Alliance, works out/coaches with Camp Gladiator, and enjoys eating out with her husband, Matt.
April holds the following valid Texas certifications:
Dr. Robert E Bohnstengel received his BA in History from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, a M.Ed. and Ed.S. from The Citadel, Charleston SC, and a PhD in education administration from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
He began his career in education as a teacher of social studies at Ridgeland High School, Ridgeland, SC. He worked for the Jasper County school system as a High School teacher, athletic coach of four sports, a district level curriculum coordinator, secondary assistant principal, and elementary school principal. He worked for the Charleston County school district from 1997 to 2014, serving as the first principal of Charlestowne Academy, a K-12 public magnet school, a secondary assistant principal and principal of James Island Charter High School from July 2005 until July 2014. During his time as principal of JICHS, the school achieved six consecutive ratings of Absolute Excellence on the annual SC State School Report Card and an on-time graduation rate of 90 percent.
Dr. Bohnstengel returned to the Lowcountry of SC in July of 2015, serving as the interim Head of School for Bridges Preparatory Charter School, Beaufort SC. He served at this K-8 school until May, 2016. After Dr. Bohnstengel’s departure, the South Carolina Charter School District announced that Bridges Prep showed exceptional results on state standardized tests for the 2015-16 school year. Bridges was one of only three schools in the state charter district recognized as a “School of Distinction” for excellence in both student achievement and academic growth.
Currently, in addition to providing consultation to schools on governance and management issues, Dr. Bohnstengel is an adjunct Professor at the College of Charleston.