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Dr. Pauline Hargrove graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and the Education of the Physically Handicapped from Lamar College of Technology. Ms. Hargrove also has a Master of Education degree in Supervision and Administration from McNeese State University, a Mid-management Administrator’s Certificate and a Certificate of Supervision from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Superintendent's Certificate and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar State University. 
Hargrove's 35-year career in education includes various teaching assignments in grades 1-8 at Mauriceville School, Little Cypress Elementary School, and Little Cypress Intermediate School. Ms. Hargrove was principal of Mauriceville Elementary School and Little Cypress Elementary School as well as LCM High School, prior to being named Superintendent of LCM CISD in 2000. 
Some of her professional affiliations include membership and leadership in Phi Kappa Delta Honor Fraternity, Texas Elementary Principals' and Supervisors' Association, Association for School Curriculum Development, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), TASA Legislative Committee, Region V Superintendents, Orange County Superintendents, Equity Center, Lamar University Lighthouse Initiative Advisory Board, Lamar University Educator Preparation Board, Tech-Prep Texas Executive Leadership Committee, UIL Region 10 Music Executive Committee, and UIL District 20 4A Executive Committee.
In the community, Hargrove is an Elder, Adult Sunday School teacher, and Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church. She is a former member of the Service League of Orange, LeMaster Foundation, and Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Board. Currently, she serves on the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Rotary Club, Leadership Southeast Texas, Orange County Economic Development – Workforce and Education Focus Groups, and several other advisory committees. She is a frequent speaker for civic and educational organizations and has presented at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels.
Among Hargrove’s honors and achievements include being selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer in 2002, an Oxford Roundtable Representative in 2003, the “Athena Woman of the Year” in 2004 by the Business and Professional Women’s Association, and the “Yellow Rose of Texas” in 2005 by Governor Rick Perry. She is the 2006-2007 President of the Orange Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, the 2006 Region V “Superintendent of the Year,” and was inducted into the Lamar University “Educator Hall of Fame” in 2006. The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce named Hargrove as the “Citizen of the Year” for 2006, and the Altrusa Club of Orange named her as the “Woman of the Year” for 2007. She was featured as the “Person in the Spotlight” in the April 2007 issue of Texas School Business, and earned her Education Doctoral Degree in 2008. She was featured in Learning from the Best: Lessons from Award-Winning Superintendents in 2009.
Mrs. Hargrove and her husband, Ricky, have two daughters (April and Jeannie), two sons-in-law (Bruce and Trey), and five grandchildren (Kenedie, Connor, Jordan, Ricki, and Presley). She is the daughter of Billie Colburn and the late Richard E. (Dick)