What I Believe

Committed to relationships, responsibility, character and excellence.

Success through Relationships

The Plano Independent School District has won numerous awards and continues to flourish in almost every area. We are now fine-tuning our progress while constantly searching for the most effective use of our tax dollars. We examine policies from other school districts, we research programs and projects, and we continue to mold policies to make a model most appropriate for our students. Our success has been largely due to the great working relationships among the board, staff, parents and the entire Plano community.

My Top Priorities

My top priorities for the district are: (1) To make Plano ISD one of the top districts in the country (2) To make our children and staff feel safe in the schools (3) To provide the financial resources to support our teachers and principals (4) To continue to move toward more character development training for the students to prepare to become leaders with integrity, collaboration skills, responsibility, and gratitude (5) To promote policies to instill a greater sense of community service within our schools in order for the students to become more involved in the service, cultural, civic and business areas in the city of Plano

An Honor to Serve

I have been on the School Board for eight years. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve the residents of the Plano ISD community. While we are currently working on closing the gap in the preschool years as well as increasing our vocational programs, there are still some areas that could use some attention.

A Vision for the Coming Years

In the coming years, I would like to see: (1) Better college and vocational counseling services for our students (2) Our plano graduates giving back more as alumni through the Plano Education Foundation (3) More classes in environmental studies, where we must teach our children to take care of the earth


"Taxparency" is a word used by the PISD board to mean what has the state done with the Robin Hood funds? Please join us in asking our legislators to be more transparent with what happens to these funds. Write a letter to these legislators and tell them we have a right to know! For more information about this bill go to www.TaxparencyTexas.org

School Board Awards and Recognition

  • Third best Texas School Board in the state, TASB, 2014
  • Also, 83% of the Plano community rated Plano School Board as highly satisfactory or satisfactory when surveyed by Rice University, 2013


Marilyn Hinton has been a resident of the PISD community for more than 22 years. Her husband of 36 years is a family medicine physician and her best friend. Both of their daughters graduated from Plano West High School. Their oldest daughter went to Smith College in Massachusetts and to UT Southwestern for a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She currently works at the Dallas Juvenile Detention Center evaluating and testing some of the city's most troubled youth. Their younger daughter went to Princeton and then to Harvard for a Master's degree. She is now an Assistant Director of Admissions at Bates College at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

I would like to thank my husband for all of his love and support.
-Marilyn Hinton


Community Service

  • Member, Plano ISD School Board
  • Member, Parker Women's Club
  • Member, Plano Metro Rotary, Paul Harris Scholar
  • Board member, Samaritan Inn (county homeless shelter)
  • Member, Jack and Jill, Inc. and Associates
  • Graduate, Leadership Plano, Class 27
  • Mentored five students in Plano ISD last year


  • B.A., Fisk University, Nashville, TN
  • M.Ed, Howard Universiy, Washington, DC

Professional Experience

  • Teacher, Plano ISD Head Start Program at Meadows Elementary
  • Youth Director for homeless shelter in Dallas
  • Visiting Scholar teaching early childhood education classes at Brookhaven College
  • Adjunct Professor and full-time counselor in the Rising Star Program at Richland College