Weatherford Democrat

August 15, 2013

WCS starts year with new head of school, secondary principal


Weatherford Democrat

— Weatherford Christian School this week announced it has hired a new head of school for the 2013-14 school year.

Courtney McKeown, who had been serving as the school’s elementary administrator, was approached by the WCS Board of Directors to fill the head of school role based on her successful track record, diligent work ethic and, most importantly, her love for God. Board members said they could not be more pleased with their decision.

McKeown completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Elementary Education, emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

She spent the last 16 years involved with education both as a director and teacher and has institutions such as The Academy at Larson Elementary, South Oaks Baptist Church Child Development Center, The Fine Arts Academy and, most recently, Weatherford Christian School.

McKeown is a member at Northside Baptist Church, where she serves on the Finance Committee. She served as the Parent Teacher Partnership President at WCS from 2009-13 and on the WCS board from 2010-12 before resigning to become the elementary administrator. She was named Teacher of the Year at Larson Academy in 2000, and was a PTA Life Membership recipient, also in 2000.

McKeown is currently pursuing her Master of Educational Leadership degree at Texas Christian University, scheduled to finish in May of 2014.

She currently resides in Weatherford with her husband, Brian, and her two daughters, Delaney and Camden.

“The position as head of school is one that I accept humbly, and do not take lightly,” McKeown said. “I am extremely excited to get going because I now get to experience firsthand the amazing staff at our secondary campus and walk alongside all our WCS staff during a time of exciting growth and change.”

One of McKeown’s first actions in her new role was to interview candidates for the secondary principal position. She and the WCS board narrowed it down to two extremely qualified candidates, but the position was given to Karen Mooney.

Mooney has nine years of teaching experience in Christian education. She has taught at Temple Christian and most recently at Trinity Christian Academy, where she taught students Bible, Math and Science in fifth through 12th grades. Mooney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Psychology and Master of Education degree from Dallas Baptist University. She also received her Administrative certificate in July of 2012. Outside the classroom she has coached track, cheerleading and volleyball and she herself was a former volleyball player for Howard Payne University in Brownwood.

Mooney and her family attend Trinity Bible Church, where she has served as a Sunday school teacher, VBS director, Wednesday night teacher and Awana commander.

“Mrs. Mooney has a fantastic work ethic and is excited to meet all the new students and parents here at WCS. She loves people and building relationships and most importantly Christian education, she is ready to lead WCS through this exciting journey,” stated McKeown.

WCS is a private, non-denominational school whose mission is to provide a Christ-centered educational environment where children are equipped for lives of Christian leadership and service.

The school has two campuses. The elementary campus serving grades pre-K 3 through sixth grade is located at 111 E. Columbia St. in downtown and the secondary campus is located at 2300 Ranger Highway and serves students in grades seven through 12. To learn more about Weatherford Christian School visit www.wcslions.org or call 817-596-7807.