Mr. Vines pictured with one of his sons.

Mr. Marty Vines is a familiar face to Cape Central High. He's been a teacher at CHS for 16 years and has built strong relationships  with our students and families throughout his service in our district. It's our pleasure to share he is joining the excellent team of administrators at the high school this school year as an assistant principal. Leadership is nothing new to Mr. Vines. He is respected by his peers and has served as his department chair for the last 10 years. Learn more about Mr. Vines by reading the Q&A below.

Mr. Vines, we are so excited to see you step into this new position to help lead CHS. We're proud to call you a member of our Tiger family!

Q: What can you tell us about your career path that brought you to your current role? 

A:  My first teaching job was at Scott County Central in 2001. I taught all of the Social Studies classes for grades 6-9. I came to Cape Central High School for the 2006 school year and have taught 9-12 Social Studies ever since. I received my Masters in Administration several years ago, but remained in the classroom. I became the Department Chair of the Social Studies Department and have served in that position for over ten years. I have now become an assistant principal at Cape Central for the 2022-23 school year. 

Q: What or who inspired you to become an educator?

A: I had several teachers over my educational experiences, like Mrs. Choate (3rd grade), Mr. Depro (11th grade), Mr. Mosely (12th grade), and multiple professors. They all had passion in what they taught, wanted their students to learn, and treated them with respect. My wife, Lori, suggested that I would be very good at doing just that. After a seven year career in law enforcement, she talked me into taking on education and it has worked out well for me. 

Q: Describe your leadership style.

A: I try to be a good listener and not a big talker. It helps to be well informed when making decisions. I try to surround myself with the best people and attempt to help build their confidence in themselves. We all have to work together to bring success to the students. 

Q: What do you love most about Cape Girardeau Public Schools? 

A: Cape Girardeau Public Schools has always been a professional, caring atmosphere for me. I have been allowed to grow as an educator with support from my colleagues. It has always been a family for me. For the most part, students care for each other. The faculty and staff care for the students and each other. It shows the rest of the country what a united school community can do. 

Q: What are your hobbies or interests away from school?

A:  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in my backyard, while BBQing or sitting by a fire. I love watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball. I enjoy reading mysteries and historical books. I enjoy playing golf. I also enjoy going to the movies and listening to old time radio. 

Q: One last question. Would you share a favorite quote of yours? 

A: "Do or do not. There is no try." - Master Yoda