Welcome to West Texas High School!!
I am Ms. Crystal Hinshaw and this is going to be my 11th year as a full-time teacher. I have a passion for not only teaching but for learning as well. I will always be a lifelong learner and have enjoyed becoming more knowledgeable in my profession. I started out at Frank Phillips where I received my Associate of Arts Degree in teaching. I then went to West Texas A&M University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education with honors as Summa Cum Laude.
After graduating, I was fortunate enough to obtain a 1st-grade teaching position at West Texas Elementary school. I taught first grade for 5 years. I loved teaching first grade, but had the opportunity to reach more students in need, as our school’s reading and math interventionist, dyslexia teacher, and 5th-grade reading teacher. For the last three years, I taught first through fifth grades in math, reading, and English.
Although I loved teaching at the elementary and miss my old students I decided to come to the high school for several reasons. I had been working on my Master's in educational leadership, at West Texas A&M University, to obtain my principal certification. I graduated with honors as Summa Cum Laude. I am now certified as a principal in all grade levels so I am gaining experience in high school now.
An additional perk to working at the high school was that all four of my daughters (Brenna, Arden, Kirstyn, and Kenlee) were at the high school and I was able to spend more time with them. Now Brenna is in college at the University of Texas at Austin and Arden is at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Kirstyn and Kenlee are juniors this year. I have two amazing dogs named Finn and Rey. My days are full of finding better ways of teaching my students, running to all the activities that my girls are in, and spending time with my dogs.
Additionally, I have recently started working for Texas Workforce Solutions as a Transition Educator to help qualified students find jobs and help them become successful on the job. I love my family, my students and my PSPCISD colleagues and would not want to be anywhere else at this time in my life.