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Joanna Swofford

"The teachers at WCCS provide space and time in the learning opportunities in order for students to wrestle with and develop their own worldview - through the lens of the Bible."


Joanna Swofford
Joanna with her Clemson loving family!

Position: Elementary School Principal

College & Degree: B.A., Clemson University; M.Ed. Concordia University - Portland; M.Ed. Liberty University

Joanna Swofford joined WCCS as the Exceptional Education Director in 2011, working alongside faculty and staff in meeting the specific needs of students supported by our Exceptional Education Program, EXCEL.  She has also served as Assistant Principal at the Upper School, and is currently serving as Elementary Principal for grades 1st-5th. Mrs. Swofford has earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education.  Joanna and her husband, Adam, have been raising their three boys in Rock Hill since 2007 and have been blessed with the opportunity to enroll them at WCCS for most of their schooling years.

What do you love most about WCCS?

We are a community of believers....nurturing each other in their walk with Christ and their understanding of God's Love.

Why do you love teaching or working at WCCS?

We get to leave a legacy of goodness, love, and grace behind us for others to experience and find Christ in.

What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.

Foundational: The Christian Education provided here (through the grace and wisdom of Christ, alone) provides the foundation on which our students can stand as they continue along their path through life's valleys.

How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?

WCCS instills foundational understanding in Bibical Worldview, which becomes the lens through which they view everything after they depart from us.

How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?

The teachers at WCCS provide space and time in the learning opportunities in order for students to wrestle with and develop their own worldview--through the lens of the Bible.

As a teacher, what is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students? For staff, how do you believe God has uniquely equipped you for your position here at WCCS?

I have a passion for shepherding teachers to meet the needs of and inspire students and families to recognize the calling God has set before them.

What sets WCCS students apart from other students?

Knowledge and firm foundation in Biblical Worldview.

Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.

One of our students who has Autism was a presenter at a Winthrop conference for inclusion. As he spoke, his support team from WCCS came on stage and stood behind him. (Head of School, Principal, Gen ed teachers, Special ed teachers, Lunch coordinator, Media Specialist, etc) All of us standing there to show the audience that students at our school---those with specific needs like Autism and those who do not have such specific needs---have a big support team like the one that was on that stage.