Joy Hinds

Once a Washingtonian, always a Washingtonian. Growing up in Bellingham, my sister and I often played outside with the neighborhood children and built tree forts. We not only received strong academic support as students at Lynden Christian, but also formation of a Biblical worldview that has proven invaluable on my journey to adulthood. After graduating in 2002, I attended Trinity Western University where I finished two degrees in Education, History, and English. In 2019, I also completed my Masters in Teacher Leadership online through Dordt University.

Surprisingly my first teaching position took me to a public school in rural Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. Over the next 5 years this adventure brought experience with first to third grade students, a close-knit school community, spiritual formation, and hikes amid fall colors.

The summer of 2013, I rejoined my family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. So fun being an aunt, and close enough to play together! God also provided a wonderful year teaching in Evergreen Christian’s preschool. Since then, at both Evergreen and then Bellingham Christian, I have enjoyed teaching third grade – a wonderful age for imagination, curiosity, and exploring creation together. I hope my students will discover a love for learning, and a longing to follow Jesus with joyful hearts.

During my free time I enjoy singing in choir, hiking for a mountain view, reading children’s literature, and snuggling with my kitties. The Lord has given me a love for studying his Word through Precept studies and growing with his people at Hillcrest Church. Excited for the adventure ahead. Further up, and further in!

“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving!” (Psalm 28:7)