By SALLY SEXTON
While students and staff began a new year at Trinity Christian Academy Wednesday morning, for one administrator, the day felt like homecoming.
Ken Nobles, who was hired as the secondary campus principal earlier this year, began his second stint with the school last week.
“I consider Trinity Christian as my first full-time job,” Nobles said. “I’m from Arkansas but I moved to Texas for seminary and, when I interviewed here, loved it.”
Nobles spent seven years at TCA, from 1997-2004, before moving to Louisiana with wife, Gretchen.
Nobles and his wife worked side by side at Northlake Christian School in Covington, La., for several years, and that working relationship continues at Trinity Christian.
Two weeks before his interview, a position opened up as chief of technology at TCA, and Gretchen Nobles interviewed and accepted the position.
“One big concern was where my wife was going to work, because we got to work together in Louisiana and loved it,” Nobles said. “This, for us, is probably the best spot we could’ve walked into. I felt that God had worked everything out for us.”
Having made connections with fellow administrators during his previous stint at TCA, Nobles said he looked forward to once again working with peers.
“Robbie Watson, Michael Skaggs, Kim Wheat — I see them as people with great integrity and having the chance to work with them was very appealing to me,” Nobles said. “Coming back, it’s strange because the atmosphere is the same, the people are still caring, but the school has changed so much.”
In his first position as a principal, Nobles said his main goal is to settle in while getting to know tradition and the people of Trinity Christian Academy.
“With this being my first year, I did not want to walk in here and just start changing things,” he said. “This is a year to get to know the students and teachers and families and try to build relationships. As a teacher, you got to know your students but as an administrator, the overwhelming part is trying to get to know everyone’s name.
“It’s also the time for me to really learn how to be a principal because this isn’t a job I’ve done before.”