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Mr. Mark Hinkson
My name is Mark Hinkson and I am excited to be starting my Idaho Educational Career as a Vice Principal here at Middleton Middle School. My family and I are relocating from the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas to the Treasure Valley area.
Although we are moving from the big city I am originally from a small town about 100 miles west of the DFW area. I grew up on Possum Kingdom Lake and attended school in Graford, TX. After graduating from Graford High School I attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where I obtained both my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees. I also have an administrative certificate from Lamar University located in Beaumont, TX.
I started my career in 2004 with the Irving Independent School District in Irving, TX as a middle school teacher. I taught a variety of subjects throughout my teaching career including 6th grade Social Studies, 7th grade Texas History (probably won’t use that here), 6-8 Physical Education, and 6-8 grade Health. I also coached 7th and 8th grade Football, Basketball, and Track. After nine years in the classroom I decided to move into Administration. I spent four years as a middle school administrator at de Zavala Middle School in Irving.
My wife has several family members in the area and we visited Idaho every chance we had. During these visits it became very clear that this is where we wanted to raise our son and daughter so we decided to make the 1600 mile move and make our dreams come true. I am very lucky to have been hired by Middleton School District. It has a remarkable reputation and I am extremely happy to be moving to school system that is closer to size and “feel” to the one I graduated from.
Lastly in making this move my wife, who is also in the field of education and I have had “friendly” criticism from both family and friends in Texas. Obviously they have never been to this glorious state and have no idea the wonder and adventure that reside here. Crazy, has been the common word used to describe our decision to leave the great state of Texas with its large reputation. I think the first stanza from a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien from his book “The Lord of the Rings” is a very appropriate response to the criticism.
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”