Superintendent's Message

 
Mark Pool

Moulton ISD Faculty and Staff:

I wanted to take this opportunity to let all of you know how much I have enjoyed my first few days as your Interim Superintendent and the transition time that I have had with Dr. Grandjean.  I have had the opportunity to meet many of you and I am appreciative of the way that you and the students have made me feel welcomed.  Communities like Moulton are the reason that I love rural Texas – God-fearing, hardworking, family and community-oriented, friendly and fun-loving.

I thought I might take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about myself.  I grew up in rural East Texas before attending Texas A&M University.  (Yes, you got another Aggie.  I bleed maroon.)  Following college, I taught Vocational Agriculture in a small 2A school north of Tyler.  It was there that I met my wife of 40 years, Melanie.  Her father was the high school principal and her mother was a campus secretary, so she has been teased many times that her father had to hire her a husband.

After seven years as an Ag Teacher, I transitioned into school administration – 1 ½ year as assistant high school principal; 4 ½ years as middle school principal; 2 years as assistant superintendent; and six years as superintendent.  We then moved to a 4A school where I was superintendent for 4 years, and finally to El Campo where I finished my career in August of 2015 after serving as superintendent for El Campo ISD for 12 years.  I retired with 37 years of experience, 22 of those as superintendent.  Melanie retired at the same time with 38 years in public education; most of those as a kindergarten teacher.

We have two wonderful daughters.  Elizabeth is 38 and lives in Spring, Texas where she is employed as an associate high school principal for curriculum at Klein Collins High School.  She has one son, Logan – 3 ½ years old – and is married to the golf coach of Oak Ridge High School in Conroe.  Our other daughter, Megan, is 35 and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.  Megan is the chief financial officer for one of the top country music songwriters in Nashville.  She is married to a self-employed building contractor and they have one son, Bo Thomas, who is 15 months old.

I have had no problem staying busy since I retired.  Other than doing an occasional interim superintendent gig, I am an avid (Melanie would say obsessed) waterfowl hunter.  I also love to bow hunt, turkey hunt and fish.  Additionally, I love country music – especially classic country.  I have played the guitar and occasionally performed since I was 11 years old.  I have recently began learning to play the mandolin, but wouldn’t dare try it in public.

Melanie and I also love high school and college athletics.  We are season ticket holders for Aggie football and have had the opportunity to attend games at most of the SEC schools since our retirement.  We also travel to College Station regularly to attend men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball games.

Finally, since retirement, I have also pursued my passion for working with FFA and 4-H kids.  I serve on the executive board for the Wharton County Youth Fair, and I volunteer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on the Judging Contest Committee where I serve as captain for the 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest.

Thanks again for making me feel welcomed.  I am here to serve you until a new superintendent is hired, so never hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Mark Pool    mpool@moultonisd.net