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Superintendent Dan Faulkner

Mr. Dan Faulkner was born in Guymon, a very, very long time ago and grew up between Maud, Ok. (close to Shawnee) at his grandparents’ home in Texhoma. He became interested in music through his involvement with music in the church and joined the Maud High School Band in the seventh grade. Mr. Faulkner quickly realized that he wanted to become a music teacher. After graduating from Texhoma, he went to college at East Central, in Ada and then at Panhandle State, in Goodwell where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music education. During his time in Texhoma, he had the privilege of working with one of the finest band director/teachers he has ever known; Paul Huntington. Mr. Huntington taught him how to work effectively with young people as well as music.

His first teaching job was in Balko. He was in Balko for five years, teaching all the band and music classes from 1st grade through 12th grade. During that time, the band and choir grew and did well at contest. They also entertained the community with concerts and pep bands at ballgames. While still at Balko, Mr. Faulkner began working on his Master of Music at SWOSU, finishing the degree at Ft. Hays University while teaching in Hugoton. Mr. Faulkner taught college band and music education classes at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. While at Panhandle State, Mr. Faulkner began working on classes in administration from OSU and SWOSU, and gained his administrative certifications. He was a Junior High School principal for 10 years, a High School principal for 5 years, and a superintendent for 12 years. Mr. Faulkner has 2 daughters, 3 sons, and more than a few grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He still enjoys being actively involved in the music programs at Hooker Schools as well as church. For further enjoyment, he composes and records music.

The greatest blessing in his life (outside faith in God and his family) has been the opportunity to share music and education with hundreds of young people, celebrate their accomplishments, and see them become strong, successful adults. The following is his favorite quote:

“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank… but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.”—Forest Witcraft (his actual quote says “life of a boy”, but it is applied to all children.)

Mr. Faulkner says this is what keeps him going; “During my career I have worked with so many children and young people and after all these years, I still believe in them with all my heart!”


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