Dr. Marc Evans
Head of School
Dean of Academics
Dr. Evans joined our Grace Prep team in August of 2012. Dr. Evans’ diverse professional background uniquely qualifies him to be the one charged with the responsibility of leading Grace Prep in continued excellence as the premiere University Model School.
Dr. Evans holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas, an MS in education from Slippery Rock University, and a BA in administrative studies from the University of California at Riverside. As we continue to advance academically and strive for excellence in all areas of instruction, changes that are beneficial to both instructional delivery and technology will continue to be of utmost importance. As our teachers embrace professional growth and development, our Grace Prep families are assured that their children are receiving the best Christ-centered education they can receive.
Dr. Evans firmly believes that excellence begins in the home, continues through a stable church home, and is confirmed within the walls of our Academy. As such, he is committed to advancing our reach within the community so that all of us who know and love Grace Prep can share that experience with other families that the Lord calls to our hallways. Additionally, he will continue to stress strong business management and integrity in all of our processes as such concentrations are vital to the growth and success of our school.
Dr. Evans is married to Tammy, who teaches and coaches within the Kennedale Independent School District. His oldest son Brad is married to Shelly; they are blessed with two daughters – Nora and Sloan. Brad serves as the manager of advertising and promotions for Bass Performance Hall and McDavid Studios in Fort Worth. His second son Brett is a successful contractor in Oklahoma. His daughter Taylor teaches 5th grade within the Fort Worth ISD, and his son Mason is an airman within the US Air Force.
Over the last 30 years, Dr. Evans has been a dorm director, college admissions counselor, a college assistant and head coach, a college department chairman, college professor, college advisor, pre-school owner, business sales associate, athletics compliance director, and Head of School.
“I truly believe that all my experiences have uniquely prepared me to lead Grace Prep to even greater heights. But positive growth in a UMS school is most dependent on strong parental involvement in conjunction with loving personnel and teachers who are bright, engaged, and above all, committed to the Lord in all they say and do when it comes to our kids. Individually we contribute, but together we transform.”
Dean of Academics
Susan is joining the Grace Prep family as the Dean of Academics. Her passion for The Lord, and making a difference in students’ lives make Grace Prep the perfect place for her. She is excited about the opportunity to partner with parents in developing college worthy, character witnesses for Christ. After fourteen years as a classroom teacher in Arlington ISD, she became an Instructional Coach for the district. With many years of experience in education, she comes to us with knowledge in a variety of areas and special programs. Susan enjoys building relationships and encouraging teachers, staff and parents, while walking alongside them as a thinking partner and advocate for education.
Susan has a BA in English, and a M.ED. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Principal Certification, from the University of Texas Arlington. Susan, and her husband Scott, have two children. Their oldest, Emma, is a 2016 graduate of Grace Prep, and a freshman at The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Nate is a sophomore, and enjoys being a Grace Prep Lion.
“What a blessing it is to educate young people while strengthening their spiritual foundation, and relationship with the Lord, in a community of fellow believers. I love the fact that we partner with parents, as they fulfill their roles as primary faith trainers for their children. God continues to bless us with a school family who shares a passion for Christian education. Together, we are creating a generation of college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ. What a Blessing!”
Dean of Educational Services
College and Academic Advisor
Denise joined Grace Prep as a teacher in 2003. After teaching English at various grade levels for five years, she began serving in an administrative capacity as well and is currently our Dean of Educational Services. Denise’s responsibilities include oversight of Grace Prep admissions, registrar and advising offices, parent programs, and library services, as well as offering academic support services in the areas of class scheduling, textbook coordination, testing, study halls, academic events such as awards ceremonies and graduations, medical screenings, and crisis management. Denise is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a BS in advertising and public relations and earned her master’s in Instructional Leadership from Sam Houston State. She has three beautiful girls: Melissa, a graduate of Texas A&M who is married and living in the Austin area; Emily, who graduated from Texas State and is working in Austin; and Elizabeth, who is a junior at Texas State and is majoring in elementary education.
“It is a privilege to partner with parents as we seek to develop college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ.”
Dean of Athletics
Head Basketball Coach
Coach Alfred is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington and has spent 32 years in education. His teams have won over 450 games and made 13 playoff appearances. Coach Alfred has been named Coach of the year on 8 different occasions and was selected to coach in the 2011 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All Star Game. He and his wife Christie have two daughters. Amanda (19) and Ashley a member of the Grace Prep class of 2015.
“Grace Prep is a unique opportunity to coach the game I love and use it as a tool to teach the many valuable life lessons that can be learned through athletics from an eternal perspective.”
Dean of Student and Family Ministries
Phil joined our Grace Prep administration team in 2013. His passion is to see the students and families of Grace Prep grow deeper in their faith and love for Christ. Phil graduated from Texas Tech in 1985 with a BA in speech communication and then went on to pursue a master’s degree in theology, graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991. Phil combines over twenty years of secular work experience with twenty years of pastoral ministry, equipping him well for his role as the Dean of Student and Family Ministries. Since 2010, he has been pastoring Living Hope Church in southeast Arlington. Phil also served with a short-term missions organization (Global Missions Fellowship which is now known as E3 Ministries). He has been on 23 missions trips (most of which he has led) to places such as Peru, Uganda, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City.
Phil has been married to Debbie for 30 years and they have three children. Nathan (23) lives in Omaha, Nebraska, Hannah (20) is a 2013 Grace Prep graduate and she is nearing completion at Tarrant county Community College before transferring to a university. Katy (17) has been a Grace Prep student for five years and is now a senior. Family is important to Phil, and as he has discipled his own children, he desires to exemplify Psalm 78:72 in the way he shepherds the families of Grace.
“Being a part of the Grace Prep team opens a door of ministry with students, families, and faculty alike. God is doing an eternal work among us, and I am thankful to be a part of it.”
Dean of Finance and Operations
Dean of Advancement
Chris Harper joined our Grace Prep team in August of 2016. Chris’ diverse professional background includes serving as an administrator in both public and privates schools as well as pastoring and planting local churches.Chris holds a Masters Degree from the University of Louisville and is an ordained minister.
Chris’ philosophy of education begins in the home. Chris holds to the biblical principle that dad and mom are the first and foremost teachers, disciple makers, and magistrates in the life of their child(ren). Chris believes that University Model Schools best advance this philosophy as they give time and authority back to parents so that they can “train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph 6:4).
Chris is married to Allyson and they have two children; Scarlett and Malachi.
“What I appreciate most about Grace Prep is that it is a place where I can share and live out my faith. And this is important because I’ve learned that children have never been very good at listening to adults, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
“Having been part of the Grace Prep community for 16 years, my husband Rodney and I are grateful for Grace Prep and the GPA families who have been powerful and valuable tools of strength, guidance, and undergirding to our parenting efforts in teaching and training our six children according to God’s master plan.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Educational Services Coordinator
“Grace Prep has been a blessing to my whole family. My husband and I were thankful for the extra time this model of education allowed us with our children. Both of our children are graduates of Grace Prep. In addition, I get to experience the joy of working with the many wonderful staff, faculty, students, and parents each day! Grace Prep is a special place!”
“Grace Prep has been a true blessing to my family. My children have enjoyed their years here, and I get the privilege of working with the great families at GPA.”
“I have had the pleasure of working at Grace Preparatory Academy for 15 years. All 3 of my children – Will, Helen and Janette graduated from GPA. Whether I am bandaging a scraped knee, making a copy, or helping to find a lost item, I count it a joy to serve our dear students, teachers and parents.”
“It is a privilege to work with other believers who are passionate about raising up children for the Lord. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the families here.”
Director of Admissions
“I am so thankful that we found this school many years ago for our four children! It was an excellent training ground that provided them with many wonderful opportunities, both academically and athletically, in a distinctly Christian environment. I would love the opportunity to introduce you and your family to Grace Prep! Please come by for a visit!”
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Athletics
Head Girls Basketball Coach
Spanish 3 and 4
After coaching for a year at Grace, Katie joined our faculty in the 2011-12 school year. She has a BA in Spanish and French education from Southeastern Louisiana University. She also studied at the University of Costa Rica for a semester and has previously taught and coached at Mansfield High School.
“I love the small class sizes at Grace as well as the kids’ willingness to learn and work”
Executive Administrative Assistant
“Grace Prep has been a blessing to me and my family for 20 years. I consider it a privilege to work with and for such a wonderful Christian family. It is always a great day to be a LION!”
Assistant to the Dean of Student and Family Ministries
Louis is joining the Grace Prep family as the assistant to the Dean of Students and Family Ministries. Louis brings over 28 years of management and financial experience to his current position. He is a retired Director of Planning, Allocation and Replenishment for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Louis is an avid fisherman. He has a passion for serving and reaching people for Christ.
Louis has a BBA Marketing from New Mexico State University. Louis and his wife Fran, have two children. Their oldest, Louis, is a 2011 graduate of Grace Prep. He is currently serving in the US Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. Gabriel is a Senior and is a proud Grace Prep Lion!
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:10