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New Spring Hill High School principal impressed with district

By Sherry Koonce skoonce@news-journal.com
July 1, 2012 at 10 p.m.


Even before Denny Lind was hired to be Spring Hill Independent School District's high school principal, he knew he wanted the job.

It was the student's attitudes that swayed the 49-year-old more than anything.

"I saw some of the kids and asked them what was the best thing about the school. They said it was their teachers," Lind recalled of the time less than month ago when he was interviewing for the position.

Lind said the district had a reputation of having a great family atmosphere, but when the students credited their teachers, he was impressed.

"After I talked to the kids, I really prayed about having an opportunity to come to Spring Hill," he said.

Though he was in Longview this past week doing paperwork and touring the facility, Lind will officially start his first day on the job Monday.

"We are very excited for Denny to be on our team here at Spring Hill," Wes Jones, Spring Hill ISD superintendent, said. "He has many new innovative ideas for different programs to continue Spring Hill's excellence academically. "

Lind, has 24 years of experience in education and was principal at Quitman High School from 2007 until he made the move to Spring Hill ISD.

He also has experience in Chapel Hill ISD and Winona ISD.

He has taught business and health classes and has experience as a basketball, volleyball and tennis coach.

He describes himself as very firm and fair, yet someone who loves to have fun with students.

Lind plans to host two monthly coffees: One for students on the first Thursday of the month and the other on the second Thursday for parents and members of the community.

"One of the strong points of this district is the parental involvement. We want to have a laser focus of getting students successful and prepared for their lives after high school."

Lind believes there is nothing more important than working with students.

His goal is for the district to strive for a 100 percent passing rate in the new state assessment end of course exams.

"I think the new test will be great," he said. "As educators we need to be challenged; students need to be challenged,"

Jones praised Lind's enthusiasm, his passion, positive outlook, and for his desire to see students become successful.

"I'm sure he can continue the success of this past year with the great staff we have: academic champs, one-act play champs, band sweepstakes, all-state band students, robotics state qualifier, all-state choir students, district all-sports champions, and a merit scholar," Jones said

In addition to his love for education, Lind is an avid runner. In the past three years he has completed eight half-marathons.

He and his wife, Denise, are parents to two children, Kelci, a college student at University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, and Conner, a high school sophomore.

He is a member of the Methodist Church.

"I am so excited about this opportunity. It is a dream come true for me," he said. "I have a super staff, and the superintendent and school board are awesome. They really want the best for Spring Hill."

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