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Join us for Fiesta Akins on Friday, May 5, 5:30pm-7:30pm.  You are also invited to the Cinco De Mayo performance in the theater on May 5, 8pm.


2016-2017 Administration Team

Back Row- Mr. Wallace, Mr. Jung, Ms. Mena, Ms. Salazar, & Mr. Lancaster
Front Row- Mr. Garcia, Ms. Hosack, & Dr. Thames

Brandi Hosack, Principal

Brandi Hosack is the Principal of W. Charles Akins High School. She is originally from Athens, a small town in east Texas. Ms. Hosack received her B.S. in Kinesiology (minor in Biology) from Texas A&M University. She began her teaching career at Akins High School in 2004. Ms. Hosack taught biology, chemistry and physics, and was a softball coach for many years. She received her M. Ed. in Administration from The University of Texas, but remains a die-hard Aggie. Outside of Akins, Ms. Hosack spends as much time as possible enjoying outdoor activities with her son. Ms. Hosack’s contact information: bhosack@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9905.




Manuel Garcia, Associate Principal

Manuel Garcia is the Associate Principal for Akins High School.  Mr. Garcia attended St. Edward’s University and in 1995.  He graduated with a degree in education (History & Political Science).  In 2004, he received his masters in educational administration. Mr. Garcia began his teaching career in the Austin Independent School District in 1996.  He has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.   This is his 8th year at Akins High School.  Mr. Garcia is passionately active in helping students succeed.  Outside of  Akins, Mr. Garcia likes to spend valuable time with his two beautiful children, Sabrina (10 years old) and Travis (8 years old).  Hobbies include traveling and spending time with friends and family. Mr. Garcia’s contact information is manuel.garcia@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9815.





Susan Thames, Assistant Principal (New Tech Academy)


Susan Thames is the New Tech Academy Assistant Principal.  This is her first year at Akins High School. She is originally from Waco, TX.  She graduated from McLennan Community College with an A.A. degree in Business Administration; received her B.S. degree in English Secondary Education from Baylor University, her Master of Education degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and her Ed.D. with an emphasis in Educational Administration Leadership from Capella University.  Prior to her arrival to Akins High School, she was a teacher at William B. Travis Early College High School.  In her 19 year career in education, she has experience as a high school English teacher, elementary school assistant principal, middle school assistant principal, middle school principal and as an adjunct junior college English instructor.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling and spending time with family.  She has one daughter Nichole, a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and who is currently working on her Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Leadership for Student Success. Dr. Thames's email is susan.thames@austinisd.org or you can reach her at (512) 841-9870.







Michael Jung, Assistant Principal (STEM Academy)

Michael Jung is the Assistant Principal in the STEM Academy.  This is his first year at Akins High School.  He is originally from Dallas, Texas. Michael graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a B.A. in Mathematics Education and received his Masters in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.  He began his teaching career in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD teaching 6th grade mathematics. He spent the last four years teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mathematics at Fulmore Middle School in the comprehensive and magnet program. Michael also served as team leader of 6th grade teachers and coached football, basketball, and track. He has had opportunities to lead professional development at Fulmore and UT Austin. Outside of school, Mr. Jung enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Grace. Hobbies include traveling, exploring the outdoors, playing sports, and watching college football. Mr. Jung’s contact information: michael.jung@austinisd.org; (512) 841- 9916. 



Brad Lancaster, Assistant Principal (ABLE Academy)

Brad Lancaster is the Assistant Principal for the ABLLE Academy. He is originally from Buda, just south of Austin. Brad received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, in San Marcos and his Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Before leaving for an assistant principal position last school year, he spent 5 years at Akins High School as a special education teacher, special education department chair, and girls basketball coach.  This is his second year as an assistant principal at Akins High School. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and attends as many Texas Longhorn athletic events as he can.  Mr. Lancaster’s contact information: bradley.lancaster@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9814. 




Ms. Shawn Mena, Assistant Principal (Arts & Humanities Academy)

Ms. Shawn Mena is the Academy Director and Assistant Principal for the AHA Academy.  She received both her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and is currently working on her ED.D.  This is her 5th year as an Assistant Principal (Director) at Akins High School.  During her 26 years teaching, Ms. Mena taught speech and debate.  She has coached speech and debate at both the college and high school levels.  Ms. Mena was the President of the Texas Forensic Association (TFA) and inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame for High School Outstanding Teachers in 2009.  She has decided to move to Austin 4 years ago!  Her hobbies include reading, play cards, traveling, and spending time with family.  She has one daughter.  Ms. Mena’s contact information:  Shawn Mena; (512) 841-9938.




Tina Salazar, Assistant Principal (Social Services Academy)

Tina Salazar is the Social Services Assistant Principal.  She is originally from Lockhart, a small town 30 miles outside of Austin.  Tina graduated from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in English Writing/Education and received her Masters of Education from Concordia University.   She began her teaching and coaching career in 1992 in Lockhart ISD, however, she has also taught in Deer Park ISD, Klein ISD, Clear Creek ISD, and New Braunfels ISD.   Ms. Salazar has taught English I, English II, and English III, and coached softball, volleyball, and basketball for twenty one years.  This will be Ms. Salazar’s fourth year as an administrator after having served as an English teacher and an Instructional Lead Teacher (ILT) at Akins right before becoming an administrator.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and traveling.  Ms. Salazar’s contact information:  tina.salazar@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9915.




Ernesto Wallace, Assistant Principal (Green Tech Academy)

Mr. Ernesto Wallace is the Assistant Principal in the Green Tech Academy.  This is his third year at Akins High School.  He is originally from Colon, Republic of Panama, moved to Austin, Texas in 1974 to attend college.  He graduated from Huston Tillotson College with a B.A. in Physical Education with a minor in Biology; received his master of education in 1983 from National University California and Educational Administration Certificate from Texas State University. Mr. Wallace began his teaching career in AISD in 1979.  This is his 18th year as an Assistant Principal in the district. He has worked at Mendez Middle School as a teacher, coach and administrator for 23 years, and 4 years at Gus Garcia Middle School and 2 years at Akins High School as an Assistant Principal. Mr. Wallace enjoys spending his free time bike riding, tennis and reading. Mr. Wallace’s contact information: ewallace@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9841.