If you talk to the staff at Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS), you’ll notice a common theme; they all respect Craig Hinkle. The school’s principal is a cornerstone of the school’s success.
This was emphasized last week when Hinkle received the Texas Association of School Resource Officers Administrator of the Year award. This prestigious honor is given to administrators who have excelled in the past year by going beyond the call of duty to ensure their students and staff are taken care of.
Not one to boast, Hinkle said, “I am humbled and honored to be selected for the award, but the reality is that Corporal Vincent Brooks, our SRO, is deserving of the award. Without his hard work on a daily basis in developing relationships with our students this would not have been possible. He goes above and beyond to make sure our kids are taken care of and are safe and secure.”
As an administrator, Hinkle has worked to better himself and the school. He prefers not to think of himself as a principal.
“When people ask me what I do I say I am a teacher currently serving as a principal. I think of an administrator as the lead teacher. In fact, the origin of the ‘principal’ title came from a time when there were no administrators, there were only ‘principal teachers’ – or the lead teachers.”
RCHS is a school where students and staff alike strive for greatness. Hinkle utilizes his experience as a teacher to learn from his students and fellow staff. He says his favorite part of being an administrator is “being able to take the things I learned as a classroom teacher and apply those successful strategies to the program at RCHS.” It’s a prime example of how he works to implement his knowledge and experience around campus.
The Administrator of the Year award was created to recognize those who have demonstrated superlative leadership skills, made significant contributions to the livelihood and education of their students and generally gone above and beyond their job descriptions to ensure their school is a good example for others.
Hinkle was not aware that he had received the award until it was presented to him.
“I was nominated by Barry Orton, without my knowledge,” said Hinkle. “I was surprised at a ThunderTeam meeting with the presentation of the award.”