Dr. Paul Austin is Hingham’s new Superintendent of Schools. He was selected unanimously by the Hingham School Committee after a four-month long search, from a pool of 19 potential candidates for the position. He comes to Hingham from Maine (we’re not sure how that will make us fare on snow days this year but we shall see)! A history lover, he was drawn to Hingham for its rich history and track record of academic excellence. He knows he has big shoes to fill with the retirement of Dr. Dorothy Galo but he’s up for the job!
Hingham, meet Dr. Paul Austin.
What led you to seek the position in Hingham?
I had been looking for a new challenge and met a representative from the firm that was assisting the Town of Hingham in their search for a new superintendent. I gathered as much information as possible about the Town and quickly became interested in the its rich history, its geographical location, and its excellent school system. After a discussion with my wife, I decided to apply for the position. Throughout the entire search process, I continued to research and learn as much as possible about Hingham and its incredible school system. I never doubted that Hingham was the place I wanted to be.
What has been your impression of Hingham thus far?
Hingham is a warm and inviting town with genuinely nice people. The people in Hingham take great pride in their town and they are incredibly supportive of the students and the Hingham Public Schools.
What are you most excited about for the upcoming year?
I am really excited to learn more about the Town of Hingham and all of the amazing people here. I am in the process of conducting research about the strengths and challenges of the school district, and I am most looking forward to working with our students, parents, educators, and community members in order to ensure that Hingham Public Schools continue to be exceptional for all students.
What's one thing you hope to bring from your past experience to Hingham?
I believe that building strong relationships is my greatest strength and will best support my work as Superintendent of Hingham Public Schools. I intend to be a visible and accessible leader that listens to our students and communicates effectively with all of our stakeholders to achieve the goals of our school district and the community.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
I love being an active member of a school community that cares so deeply about the work we do!
Have you found a favorite local spot yet?
The truth is that I have many "favorite spots" around town. If I had to choose, I am particularly fond of Stars for breakfast, the Cranberry Chicken Salad at the Barrel for lunch, and of course, Cafe Tosca for a night out with my lovely wife.
What's one thing on your bucket list?
To tour the "Old House at Peacefield" Adams National Historical Park. I love early American history and take in the local sites as often as possible!
Favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere tropical, but now I have to think of Maine as my favorite vacation spot.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I am not sure these would be considered talents, but I love acting, all types of music, and singing.
What's one thing people may not know about you?
That I was a musician listed in the "Who's Who of American Music" in the 1980's.
If you could give the kids of Hingham one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would encourage all children to believe in themselves and to celebrate learning.
If you had a different career, what would it be?
I love the water and could envision a career in the marine industry that would put me on the water every day.
When presented with two choices, when did you make a decision that changed the course of your life?
During my senior year of high school, I worked full-time (second shift) at a woolen mill in Maine. Although the money was very good, I was determined to become the first person in my immediate family to go to college and earn a college degree. I am incredibly thankful for the support of my family in making that dream a reality.