"Helping Kids" is a full-time job for Kevin White, new principal


"I knew early on that whatever I did as an adult, it would have to involve helping kids," said Kevin White the new principal at Hawkins High School. The Mineola native has not strayed far from his birthplace, nor from his philosophy of helping kids.

Kevin grew up in a family with two brothers. His father worked for the railroad. His mother worked for a bank. He was a good student, loved athletics-especially football and baseball. So, when it came time to go off to college White had no doubt that he would pursue a career that would keep him in contact with kids, education and sports.

While a student at East Texas State, White served as a coach in Commerce athletics. That experience both inspired him and confirmed his choice of career. He was destined to work with kids, to help them grow, mature and master decision-making skills.

Graduating from East Texas State University in 1985, White began his professional teaching and coaching career in Aransas Pass. He coached baseball and was an assistant coach of the football team. He returned to the area in 1991-1992, serving as a teacher and coach at Quinlan Ford High School. He seized the opportunity to run "his own show" at Alba Golden High School serving as athletic director and head football coach for six years. He followed A-G with one-year stints at Quitman High School and Mineola High School as teacher-coach.

While directing the sports and academic development of kids, White himself also pursued continuing education, earning a Master of Science Degree from Texas A&M and pursuing post-graduate work there as well. He also completed the Bill Ratliff Academy of School Executives during this period.

He returned to Quinlan Ford High School in 2000 to serve as assistant principal for two years. In 2002 White took on the responsibilities as director of the Van Zandt/Rains DAEP program, serving for three years. White once again seized upon the opportunity to "run his own show" in 2005 as principal of Yantis High School where he led the school to a number of improvements that "helped kids."

As for discipline, White emphasizes "self-discipline" among his students. The responsibility of the administration and teachers is to provide the ground rules so the student is aware of expectations. "If you respect them you can also expect them to do what is right, to make the right choices and decisions," White said.

Kevin White's wife is a third grade teacher at Mineola. The couple has three children, Jeffery, a 21-year-old Marine currently serving in San Diego, Kaysey, a 14-year-old daughter and Mallori, an 11-year-old daughter. Both girls are enrolled in Mineola schools.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:03