The Valdosta Daily Times
On July 1, Highland Christian Academy proudly welcomed David Ward as their new principal. Ward joins the staff at HCA following the retirement of their first principal, Jackie Noble.
While Ward knows that he has big shoes to fill, he has no plans of making any major changes to what Noble began during her time at HCA. His biggest plan for change in the future comes in his hopes to grow the school even larger. "I want to see the school grow even more than it already has. I hope that one day these kids can have their own gymnasium and ball fields. That's one thing that has been burdening my heart, and I would like to see them have that. Mrs. Jackie did such a wonderful job here and sometimes if a machine is working well, you just keep oiling it," explained Ward.
As for his mission as principal, Ward said, "My first mission is to make sure these children learn about Jesus Christ. My personal second mission is to make sure that they love and appreciate their parents and guardians and respect them. Thirdly is that they get the best academic education that they can get at Highland Christian Academy."
After graduating high school, Ward was given a scholarship to play football at Carson-Newman College. He graduated from Carson-Newman in 1974 with a Bachelors degree. He then went into the military for four years where he was a Lieutenant.
Following his service in the military, Ward began teaching and has been involved in the education system, whether as a coach, teacher or administrator, ever since. While teaching, he also went back to school to receive his Masters degree from the University of Tennessee in 1980 and his Education Specialist degree from Middle Tennessee State in 1986.
Before coming to Highland Christian Academy, Ward served as a P.E. coach and assistant principal at Lanier County High School in Lakeland. He retired from LCHS in May of this year, but after being pursued by HCA for the principal position several times and visiting the school, he was happy to accept the position. "I was very impressed by what I saw when I visited," he explained.
Ward concluded by saying, "If someone came up and asked me about Highland Christian Academy, and asked do the teachers here and the school make a difference, I can say 1000 percent yes. It is amazing to watch everything that happens here. I really love this school."