May 30, 2011
Sally Sexton CNHI
WEATHERFORD — Beginning July 1, Weatherford Christian School will have a new face on campus.
Jared Roan will take over headmaster duties, accepting the position after serving the last four years at First Baptist Academy in Dallas.
“Weatherford Christian is a very quaint, homey unit with a family like atmosphere, which is similar to what I have here at First Baptist,” Roan said.
The WCS community got its first opportunity to engage with Roan during a meet and greet session Thursday evening.
“The public has been very friendly,” Roan said. “Everyone has offered help, whether is was getting acclimated in Weatherford, moving, packing or even painting.
“There was a lot of positive reinforcement and encouragement.”
Originally from Garland, Roan earned a masters degree in education administration from Texas A&M Commerce, and worked at McMurry University in Abilene before moving to Waxahachie ISD, where he coached, taught and served as an administrative intern.
“I don’t have a big glorious story about getting into education,” Roan said. “I was without direction in college, but it came time to choose a major and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.
“I knew I liked going to school and being a student. I gravitated toward the education field because I liked to learn and as I moved toward that, it became increasingly obvious that it was a good fit.”
Roan also gravitated toward Weatherford because of WCS and the town itself, where he will reside with his wife, Mylia, and two children, Hadlee, 7, and Hudson, 3.
“This is an opportunity for my family to be fully engaged in a local Christian community and school,” he said. “I currently work in the middle of Dallas and my family lives in Waxahachie so it’s hard to be completely engaged with my family.
“It’s also an opportunity to simplify our life a little bit and get out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas and move to a beautiful part of the state.”
Weatherford Christian began a search for a new headmaster in February, after current headmaster Van Gravitt announced he would not be returning. Making the decision to get out of administration, Gravitt is going back to coaching and teaching math at Abilene Cooper High School.
“It was a lengthy process, with Mr. Gravitt resigning in February,” Leslie Chalmers, WCS director of development, said. “We had 25 applicants, which we narrowed to five, then three and then finally Mr. Roan.
“He brings a lot to the table, with great direction and leadership attributes. He had everything we were looking for.”