PERRY — Houston County Assistant Superintendent of School Operations Robin Hines said he has never considered choosing another career path besides education.
“Other educators and teachers have had a profound effect on my life,” he said. “I want to mentor the way others mentored me.”
Hines, 49, who is also a former Northside High School principal, is one of two candidates pursuing the schools superintendent’s job in Houston County once current Superintendent David Carpenter steps down May 28.
“The community and school system are important to me,” Hines said. “I owe the school system a lot, and I have a vested interest in the system.”
Hines holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Valdosta State College (now Valdosta State University) in health and physical education.
He has been a teacher and coach at schools in Thomasville, Griffin, Moultrie and Albany, as well as the athletics director at Westover High School in Albany.
He also served as principal at Charlton County and Jackson County Comprehensive high schools, as well as the assistant principal at Dougherty Comprehensive High School.
His experience as a teacher, coach and principal at school systems throughout the state has provided him a broad understanding of education from elementary to high school, he said.
Ultimately though, he said, working at those school systems has given him a greater appreciation for education in Houston County since he began working in the system in 2006.
Serving and providing support for the teachers of Houston County is instrumental to the success of the entire system, Hines said.
“We have the hardest working teachers of any place I’ve seen,” he said. “They have a habit of doing whatever is necessary. Our job is and should be to provide support.”
Student achievement is another asset for the system, and the schools’ environment encourages high standards.
“There’s always room for improvement, ways to do things better. It shows itself in the performance of students,” Hines said.
“It is the culture of the school system and community that make it so.”
While Houston County has many positive elements working in its favor, the system will need to grapple with state budget cuts while maintaining student achievement in the coming years.
“These are unprecedented times in my career,” Hines said. “It’s never been this way.”
Hines is also one of several in his family who have pursued careers in education.
His wife, Kim, is a teacher at Centerville Elementary School; his oldest daughter, Melissa, is a special education teacher; his sister and mother-in-law are retired educators; and another daughter, Ashley, is a senior at the University of Georgia studying to become a chemistry teacher.
In his spare time, Hines enjoys spending time with family; playing sports with his son, Bobby, who will be a student at Northside High next year; riding motorcycles and playing music, especially the blues.
As board members prepare to decide who will become Houston County’s next superintendent, Hines believes they will make the best decision for the system, no matter whom they choose.
“It’s a difficult decision the board has to make, but a critical one,” he said. “I have had and continue to have confidence in the board.”
To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.