Welcome to Southwest Christian School! Whether you are a first-time visitor to our website, a current parent checking out our updates, or an alum eager to know about upcoming events, we’re glad you’re spending a bit of your time with us. We are a distinctively Christian community strengthened by authentic relationships and a shared purpose, and we hope you’ll feel that when you’re on campus.
For more than half a century, the Lord has guided our efforts, and the SCS of today is as committed as ever to helping our students grow to be Christian leaders—not just in future organizations and communities, but right here and now. We recently opened the Clay Center for Christian Leadership and updated both campuses, so the school not only attracts visitors from Fort Worth and beyond, but it also serves as a launching pad for our students to impact the world around them.
A Christ-centered education at SCS stretches beyond Bible curriculum and chapels; it shapes all our work and breathes life into our academic, artistic, and athletic programs. From local service projects to minimester trips abroad, SCS students have ample opportunities to take what they’ve learned here and make a difference in the world.
We are not a perfect place, but SCS is a vibrant, flourishing community where students are known, a place where teachers and coaches strive to connect with young people, pour into them, and point them toward the light of Christ.
Come and see!
President and Head of School
Dr. Joey Richards
Associate Head of School
Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Somer Yocom
High School Principal
High School Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal and Lakeside Director of Student Engagement and Leadership
Dr. Lori Massey
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Associate Elementary Principal
Director of Early Learning
Director of Community and Culture
Director of Spiritual Life
Director of Athletics
Director of Arts
Director of Human Resources
President and Head of School
At SCS since 2016
Harvard University, M. Ed., University of North Carolina, M.B.A., Stanford University, B.A.
Mr. Johnson joined the SCS community as the President and Head of School in July 2016, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience in school administration and a passion for sharing the Gospel. Mr. Johnson led three schools as a Head of School and previously served as Principal, Dean, and Assistant Director of Admission. An ardent supporter of the arts, he’s taught history, English, and speech. He’s also coached more than 40 seasons of football, wrestling, lacrosse, and crew. Mr. Johnson’s been active in youth ministry in his home churches and Young Life, while his commitment to global missions has taken him to Mexico, Cuba, India and Nepal.
Along with teaching and coaching, Mr. Johnson loves learning. A 1986 graduate of Stanford University, he earned master's degrees in Education and Business Administration from Harvard and the University of North Carolina, respectively. He’s also taken extensive coursework for pleasure and personal growth at several universities - Wesleyan (CT), Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and American - as well as Moody Bible Institute. Prior to his career in education, Mr. Johnson served in the US Army as an Apache pilot, attack helicopter platoon leader, and staff officer. He and his wife, Cindy, have three wonderful children: Kyle, Luke, and Quinn.
Texas Wesleyan University, Ed. D, Tarleton State University, M Ed.,
Dr. Richards loves Jesus and leading those within his sphere of influence towards Christ. He has led in multiple capacities during his time at SCS, including High School Assistant Principal (5 years), Middle School Principal (9 years), and Director of Operations and Technology before moving into his role as Associate Head of School. Dr. Richards is a teacher at heart, who loves students of all ages and enjoys assisting parents as they traverse these short years while their children are at home.
As a certified public accountant (CPA), Mr. Cameron specializes in nonprofit financial management. He has devoted his career to helping Christ-centered organizations maximize their Kingdom impact through financial and operational excellence. He serves as a committee member with the Texas Society of CPAs - Fort Worth. Within the church, he has taught student ministry for over 15 years and is thankful to be part of equipping the next generation of Christian leaders at SCS.
Tarleton State University, Ed. D, Tarleton State University, M. Ed., Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.S.
Dr. Yocom is an educational leader with 18 years of teaching, administrative, and training experience at the elementary, secondary, and graduate levels in both public and private education. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at a large, high-performing elementary campus. Dr. Yocom has led district-wide staff development sessions, taught college graduate courses, implemented technology advancements, and supervised community initiatives. It is her desire to use her educational expertise and relationship with Jesus to positively impact students of all ages and educators at all levels.
University of Oklahoma, M.Ed., University of Oklahoma, B.M
Mrs. Bristow joined Southwest Christian School in August of 2016 as a Spanish teacher. Since that time, she has taught all high school levels of Spanish and served as an adjunct professor for Spanish dual credit courses at SCS. She has also worked as a dean, partnering with students, teachers, and families to offer resources and interventions and to foster connection with our students.
In addition to celebrating academic pursuits, Mrs. Bristow also loves to support our school’s extracurricular activities. With a degree in music and a passion for staying active, she sees athletics and fine arts as additional avenues to engage all learners, encourage each individual’s natural gifts, and foster confidence in pursuing God’s plans for the future.
Mrs. Bristow views working in education as a purposeful calling to Kingdom work which encapsulates God’s creativity in developing and leading His people. He is working daily to grow and shape each of us as individuals to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, and it is her daily desire to see that develop through every student, faculty member, and family at Southwest Christian School.
Middle School Principal and Lakeside Director of Student Engagement and Leadership
At SCS since 2007
Dallas Baptist University, M. Ed., Hardin-Simmons University, B.B.S.
Mr. Bird has served in several capacities throughout his career in education. As a classroom teacher, he spent 15 years teaching social studies, Bible, and leadership - earning Teacher of the Year honors on multiple occasions along the way. He also had the privilege of coaching championship cross country and soccer teams both at SCS and on the club level since 2005. In 2012, Mr. Bird moved into administration taking on the roles of High School Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for five years, and High School Principal for three years.
Prairie View A & M University, Special Education Administrator/Teacher, Sam Houston State University, Mid-Management: Principalship/Educational Supervision, Indiana State University, M Ed., Oakland City University, B.A.
Mr. Kirk has over 30 years in public and private school administration at the elementary and high school levels, 13 years as a classroom teacher, and three years in college admissions. He has taught third, fourth, and sixth grades, as well as special education, academic and vocational courses at the high school level. Mr. Kirk loves music and has served on praise teams, performed in gospel trios and quartets, and has sung in the church choir for most of his adult life.
Dallas Baptist University, Ph. D., Texas Tech University, Educational Diagnostician Program, Texas Wesleyan University, M. Ed., Texas Wesleyan University, B.A.
Throughout her years in education, Dr. Massey has taught almost every grade from prekindergarten through college in both public and private education. She has written curriculum for a leading educational software company and has served as an educational diagnostician. Dr. Massey started the SCS Learning Lab program on the Lakeside Campus over 10 years ago and then served as the school’s girls’ guidance counselor. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, she now oversees the implementation, development, and evaluation of the curriculum and instructional services at SCS. Dr. Massey is thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the SCS community in this capacity.
Stephen F. Austin University, M. Ed., University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, B.A.
Mrs. Howard has been a part of education for two decades, having served in both the public and private sectors as an elementary educator, instructional coach, and educational leader. Her initiatives for leadership, positive culture, professional growth for educators, and positive partnerships with families and the community, have led her to present in numerous settings, including a panel on effective parent-teacher communication at the National Christian School Association Conference. Mrs. Howard also trains teachers nationwide during the summer months as a Capturing Kids' Hearts Trainer. She equips teachers with tools to build positive relationships with students so they can achieve their full potential and recognize their leadership skills. With Jesus at the forefront and center of her work, Mrs. Howard is honored to continually serve the phenomenal educators, students, and families of Southwest Christian School.
Dallas Baptist University, M.A. in Education Ministry, East Texas Baptist University B.S. Education
Mrs. Morris has served in the field of education since 2003 and considers it a ministry and her life’s calling. The majority of her classroom teaching experience is centered around pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. She believes the early childhood years are extremely important in a child’s development and loves seeing students learn and grow on a daily basis. Mrs. Morris has also served on staff at churches as an Assistant Children’s Director, Preschool Director, and Mother’s Day Out Director. She is very passionate about teaching the Bible to children and believes it makes an eternal impact on the lives of children and their families.
Saint Francis University, M. Ed., University of Arkansas, B.S.
Mr. Flowers has worn several hats at SCS. With a Masters in educational leadership and administrative experience in public and private schools, Mr. Flowers serves as SCS’ Director of Kingdom Diversity and sits on the senior leadership team. His role involves supporting new families and students, and he was the previous head football coach for the Eagles. Mr. Flowers played football for the University of Arkansas, earning numerous awards for achievements on and off the field.
University of Texas at Arlington, M. Ed., Southern Assemblies of God University, B.S.
During his tenure at SCS, Mr. Swinney has served as middle school and high school Bible teacher, praise band instructor, and head of the Bible department. He has coached middle school baseball, basketball, football, and is currently the SCS Head Cross Country Coach. With a unique background as a Marine Corp veteran, previous youth pastor, current worship leader and associate pastor, Mr. Swinney is passionate about pointing others to Christ.
Mr. Howard has been a part of education for almost 20 years. He has taught and coached at both private and public schools, with over half of his career specifically spent in Christian education, where he has served in various leadership roles. He has coached multiple sports throughout his career, with many of his teams competing at the championship level. Mr. Howard also serves as the District 1-5A President for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
With over 20 years in education, Mrs. Woodward has proudly spent almost all of those at SCS. Her dancing, singing and acting credits include stage productions in the DFW area as well as films and a national tour. She has also performed voice recordings for notable entertainment companies and composers. Her technically creative work includes directing, choreographing, and designing staged productions for universities and theaters in the metroplex. Her program has boasted three state One-Act Play Championship titles (‘14, ‘15, ‘17), nine Betty Lynn Buckley nominations (four wins), 47 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theater Awards nominations (two wins), and three finalists in the Fort Worth High School Playwriting Project.
Texas State University, M.A., Central Michigan University, B.S.
After nearly 20 years of successful corporate human resources leadership, Mrs. Porter joined Southwest Christian School in 2017 as Director of Human Resources. Prior to her career in HR, she taught Spanish for three years in public schools in Michigan and Texas. Mrs. Porter has extensive experience in the training and development of working professionals through mentorship and other programs. She has worked and volunteered in ministry organizations, and thoroughly enjoys being an active member of Bible Study Fellowship.