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Experienced elementary principal will lead J. H. Hines Elementary

J.H. Hines Elementary students will be welcomed back in the fall by an experienced elementary principal with a proven track record for academic achievement and student well-being. Lear Linton will serve as the school’s new principal starting July 1, 2024. 


“We are pleased to have Mrs. Linton leading J. H. Hines Elementary as part of the continued transition of Waco ISD resuming operational control of campuses supervised by Transformation Waco,” Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. “Mrs. Linton is a proven, collaborative leader with high expectations for students and staff. Her experience includes nearly two decades as an elementary school leader, which will be invaluable in her role as principal of J.H. Hines Elementary.”


As an elementary principal for 16 years, Linton developed and successfully implemented an instructional plan used to raise a struggling Title I school with a 95 percent poverty rate from Fort Worth Independent School District’s poorest performing school to a Texas Education Agency Recognized Campus within three years. Within four years under Linton’s leadership, the school was named one of the 25 most improved schools in Texas and designated a Texas School of Excellence.


With 32 years of experience in public education, Linton said she is honored to serve as the new principal of J.H. Hines Elementary School. 


“I am filled with excitement and optimism as I look forward to picking up the baton that is

being passed to me and working with the students, staff, parents, and community members to

continue the school’s race to educational excellence,” Linton said.


Linton is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Master’s Degree also from UNT. A Meet and Greet event for parents and students to meet Linton will be held June 5, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.