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Mr. DeJong
Mr. DeJong has been in education for over 20 years. He began his education career at Charter Oak-Ute serving as a 5th grade teacher and coach of several sports. A highlight at COU was winning a state girls basketball championship. He also served as 9-12 Assistant Principal and 9/12 Activities Director at Estherville Lincoln Central. He has two children ranging from 13-16 years old. Mr. DeJong loves all sporting activities and you can see him rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oklahoma Sooners! Go Blackhawks!!
Mrs. Rhodes
Mrs. Rhodes has enjoyed serving as an elementary principal for 27 years. Prior to becoming a principal, she taught first, second, and third grades in Texas and middle school math and reading in Iowa. She and her husband, Dean, have four children ranging in age from 16 to 26. The highlight of any school day for Mrs. Rhodes is when students stop by to read. She enjoys working with the staff to help students become avid readers, effective learners, and good citizens.
Mrs. Wendt
Mrs. Wendt serves as the 7-12th grade Principal at Hinton School. Prior to coming to Hinton, she spent 18 years teaching fourth and eighth grades, as well as coaching. Mrs. Wendt and her husband, Todd, have one son who is a high school math teacher. The highlight of her job is developing and cultivating relationships with the students, staff, parents, and community members in the district. She enjoys being part of a team that works diligently to help our students become the best they can be.