Tonya McCall was nominated by a colleague who wishes to remain anonymous.
Mason Middle School is comprised of an assortment of staff members that help to shape the young minds of middle school students. They deliver education in the core areas of mathematics, science, language arts and history; but they don’t stop there. Mason Middle School has amazing staff members who are dedicated to education in the arts, physical education, nutrition, and unlimited options for elective courses in various areas.
"As a staff member of Mason Middle School, we aim to not only educate the youth in our community, but to help nurture each and every child, and provide them with opportunities for growth," the nominator said.
The staff of Mason Middle School has evolved over the years. They have become stronger together, and have made a positive impact on the way things are run on a daily basis. This process of evolution couldn't have occurred without the help of Tonya McCall.
"Tonya has been our leader, our compass, our cheerleader, our counselor, our problem-solver and our friend," the nominator said. "She is so much more than a building principal. She is the heart of Mason Middle School and every single staff member, student, parent, and community member owes her a thank you for everything she’s done for our building. Most importantly, Tonya has taught us how to lead. We know that she may be the heart, but she’s spread her passion and vision to her staff - we are here to carry out what she started. We will continue to grow, flourish, and always choose what is best for our students."
A few staff members at Mason Middle School spoke on Ms. McCall's behalf as well.
One staff member spoke about her legacy, saying “Tonya is a courageous leader. She is a leader who stands up for what she believes in. She makes difficult decisions and does not hedge on those decisions. She leads with passion. She honors commitments, speaks with honest, has unwavering convictions, and treats everyone with respect. A truly great leader creates more leaders and that is exactly what she has done in this building and district. She has created a legacy of service. In the end, leadership is about being responsible for people and her success has been four in the virtue of her integrity.”
Another staff member highlighted some of Tonya's greatest characteristics, saying “Imagine working for a person whom gives you the creative freedom to try new things and take risks all the while supporting you along the way. This is what it is like working with Tonya. She leads through example - never asking anything of her staff without trying it out for herself first. Tonya has created a working environment that is motivating, safe and inviting for all. She's created a team atmosphere where we all thrive and succeed together as a whole. I appreciate her kind, compassionate and supportive nature - she truly listens to the needs of her staff. It is her humility and selflessness that sets Tonya apart from other leaders. She is able to inspire greatness in her staff, create more leaders among her building and make everyone feel important and valued. Working for Tonya is a truly unique experience that is difficult to sum up into words because it's more about a feeling you get when you're here. You know you belong.”
Another staff member said “Tonya leads by example. She gets the job done while going above and beyond on a consistent basis. She is flexible. Tonya recognizes that life gets crazy and she does an amazing job supporting/understanding her staff's needs/requests. She's our boss, but Tonya listens and values our ideas/opinions as if we are on the same level. There has never been a time where I didn't think she trusted us as professionals. Tonya is what every administrator in every school or district should aspire to be.”
A favorite quote from one staff member reads: "She does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of her actions and the integrity of her intent."
"The staff of Mason Middle School could not be more appreciative and thankful for what Tonya has done and continues to do for our building," the nominator said. "We are the lucky ones. And to Tonya, we promise you this - whatever the future brings, we will carry your heart and vision with us as we serve our students. We will continue to grow and never settle. We will do what is best for our students and know that together, as a building, we will find a way. Thank you Tonya, from all of us at Mason Middle School."