Carl Hinshaw, Central Union High School math teacher, has received the Jimmie Cannon Excellence in Teaching award, a teacher of the year award given by the Central Union High School District and the El Centro Education Foundation.
Not bad for a man who at first didn't even want to be a teacher.
Hinshaw, 59, left his childhood home in Holtville to study economics at San Diego State University.
"I was going to go into the business world," Hinshaw said of his original plans.
His mind changed when he was a junior in college.
"I'm a people person and I like working with people," Hinshaw said.
Though he finished his major in economics, Hinshaw had made up his mind to follow in his family's footsteps and become a fourth-generation teacher.
He was lured back to the Imperial Valley to teach sixth grade at El Centro's De Anza Elementary School in 1967. Hinshaw also has taught at Wilson Junior High and Kennedy Middle School and earned a master's degree in educational psychology from Northern Arizona University.