We are pleased to announce Kechan Johnson will be the Principal at Western Toledo Preparatory Academy!
Mr. Johnson is a previous professional athlete, experienced educator, and founder of the C2K Toledo Thunder AAU Girls & Boys Basketball club and college prep program.
Mr. Johnson, a Toledo native, became a student athlete in 7th Grade and was awarded his first scholarship as a sophomore to Central Catholic High School. He credits his teachers, coaches, and school counselors for always pushing him to the next level, and for this reason, knew he wanted to return to Education after playing professional basketball.
Mr. Johnson joined ACCEL Schools in 2018 and has worked at two public charter schools as Dean of Students, paraprofessional, and coach. While at Toledo Preparatory Academy, he coached the Middle School Boys Basketball Team to win the Ohio Community Athletic Conference (OCAC) championship in 2020. Prior to ACCEL Schools, Mr. Johnson worked for other schools in the Toledo area including the Toledo Autism Academy and Central Academy.
Mr. Johnson was a student athlete on scholarship throughout college and holds an Associate’s degree from Florida Community College at Jacksonville and a Bachelor’s degree in PE and Health Education from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
After college he played professional basketball overseas for nine years including in Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, and Japan. He retired from playing professionally in 2006 to return to Toledo and coach his daughter’s 3rd Grade basketball team which eventually became the start of C2K Toledo Thunder. The club and college prep program began with one team but quickly grew to multiple teams serving Boys as well as Girls. Today, over 60 graduates from the program are now playing college basketball.
Mr. Johnson lives in Toledo with his wife, a public school principal. Together they love kids, church, and sports—and cheering for their children who are both college athletes.