Directors

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Don Gonzalez, M.Ed., M.T.S. Director of Academy

Rozana Rojas, Director of Residence

Michael Gao, College Admissions Seminars

Mr. Gonzalez is the Director of the Championship Camps. He previously directed the Mock Trial camp at UTD's Mean Green Comet Debate Camp from 2016-2018. Prior to that, he worked at various debate camps in Texas for 15 years.


He is currently the mock trial coach at the Law Magnet in Dallas. He began coaching the team in 2014. His teams have qualified to the state tournament each of the last five years. In 2018 the team finished 3rd in the Texas State Bar competition. The team has won back-to-back Dallas City Championships. In 2019, the team finished 2nd at National Judicial Competition. Students from that team won Best Attorney and Best Witness at the national tournament.
 

He earned a B.A. in both Economics and History from Southern Methodist University. He studied law at The University of Texas School of Law. He holds a Masters in Education Administration from UNT and a Masters in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University. 

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Michael Gao, College Admissions Seminars

Rozana Rojas, Director of Residence

Michael Gao, College Admissions Seminars

Mr. Gao is the founder of Gao Admissions and the co-host of the Admissions Uncovered Podcast. He is currently a sophomore at Columbia University. Gao also works with Matriculate, a non-profit that helps high achieving, low-income student navigate the college admissions process.This year, Michael helped 2 students get into Dartmouth, 2 into the University of Pennsylvania, and 1 into Columbia.


Gao was also accepted to many other top schools including Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Duke University, and Rice University. He was also admitted to and received a number of full merit-based scholarships.


Gao will be leading daily college admissions seminars for all of the labs. This is first year at Championship.

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Rozana Rojas, Director of Residence

Rozana Rojas, Director of Residence

Rozana Rojas, Director of Residence

Ms. Rojas is a well-regarded high school educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has also spent over 10 years working for the Brewer Foundation where she has organized and supervised students attending the Future Leaders Program summer camp.

Prior to entering education, Ms. Rojas worked for the Baker & Botts law firm. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she majored in criminology.


Ms. Rojas is returning for her second year at Championship.

Support Staff

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Josie Martinez, Assistant

Josie Martinez, Assistant

Josie Martinez, Assistant


Josie is responsible for the coordination of  the lunch catering at the law school and assisting Ms. Rojas with management of the breakfast and dinner meals at the hotel.


Josie attends the University of Oklahoma where she majors in Social Work. Prior to attending OU, she competed on the Law Magnet mock trial team for 3 years. During that time she qualified to state in Youth & Government tournament and  the State Bar Association tournaments. 


Josie is returning for her second year as part of the Championship staff. 

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Marquis Nickerson, Lab Assistant

Josie Martinez, Assistant

Josie Martinez, Assistant

Marquis will split his duties between assisting Ms. Rojas with administrative duties and helping lab leaders with stop-n-go's, skills drills and evening tutorials.


Marquis will be attending Southern Methodist University in the fall where he intends to major in International Studies. He will also be a member of their mock trial team.


While in high school, Marquis' accomplishments include a 2nd Place finish at the National Judicial Competition (Y&G) where he also won the Best Attorney award. He has led his team to back-to-back Dallas city championships. He has qualified to the State Bar State Championship each of his three years.


Marquis is joining the Championship staff this year.