OCS Names Dean of Academics

OCS Penny Hayes Dean of Academics reducedOVILLA, TX – Ovilla Christian School, celebrating its 25th year, has announced Penny Hayes as dean of academics for the 2017-18 school year. For the last three years, Hayes has been chair of the school’s English Department, and prior to that was the director of curriculum and instruction at Advantage Academy.
“I consider it a tremendous privilege to be serving the Lord and the students, teachers and families of Ovilla Christian School at this particular moment of the 25-year-history of the school, and I am eagerly anticipating the exciting opportunities of my new role as dean of academics,” Penny said. “My focus will be contributing leadership as we work to realize the vision for OCS—to be a college preparatory learning community developing servant leaders who love God and love people.”
Hayes brings 22 years of teaching experience to her new role, as well as a masters’ degree in middle and secondary education from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Her undergraduate degree in fine arts was earned at The University of Texas at Arlington, with concentrations in painting and drawing.
At OCS, Hayes currently teaches high school English, AP English and art. She works alongside her husband of 25 years, Greg, who is the Eagle varsity football and baseball coach and teaches geography and finance. Penny and Greg share a philosophy of excellence in education.
“Excellence in education in 2017 demands that we wisely discern those timeless principles that must be preserved as we courageously adopt better approaches in response to the latest research on learning and the needs of 21st-century learners,” Penny said. “We want OCS students to stand out as extraordinary in the world; therefore, we must commit ourselves as a community to the highest standards of integrity and excellence as we learn to love well.”
The Hayes’s have two daughters, Cassie, currently in the Arkansas Writers MFA Program at the University of Central Arkansas; and Annie, a high school junior. The family attends First Baptist Church Waxahachie.
“When not working on schoolwork or family needs, my top priorities are Bible study and prayer. I enjoy reading, writing, drawing and painting. I am passionate about learning, and my interests include theology, neuroscience and art history,” Penny said.
Hayes’s role as dean of academics begins this fall. She joins Steven Johnston, who was named dean of students last year.