Danville Christian Academy names new headmaster

The Danville Christian Academy will have a new face at the helm when students start back on Aug. 16.

James S. Ward II has been hired as the school’s headmaster to fill the void following the retirement of Debbie Lucas, who had been at the school for six years.

In a letter addressed to parents and staff, Ward said he was “filled with joy.”

“I am honored to be a part of the DCA Warrior family. The students, staff and parents have a reputation of excellence,” he said. “I respect the sacrifices that have been made to sustain this outstanding rating. Together we will build on this excellence for future generations.”

Ward began his educational career in the Rockcastle County Schools, serving as a science teacher, school technology coordinator, math portfolio consultant and principal at Roundstone Elementary School. He worked in the Lincoln County School District as the principal at Crab Orchard Elementary School, the Lincoln County district assessment coordinator, an instructional supervisor and district liaison to the Lincoln County High School.

Ward has also worked at the Kentucky Department of Education as a Reading First coach; a Reading First co-coordinator; and an Education Recovery Specialist.

In the letter, Ward notes the importance of his faith in God.

“My spiritual life has always been intertwined with my career. Instead of asking students, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I believe we should ask, ‘Who were you created to be?’ Motivating young people and adults to reach their full potential is my passion,” he said. “My philosophy is to identify strengths within each person and build on them.”

Ward currently lives in Rockcastle County with his wife Johnna and their sons, Tyler and Micah.