Barbara Hinkel

Fifth Grade Teacher

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

I have lived in Texas for most of my life, it is my home. I grew up in Houston and Dallas with summers spent on a farm in west Texas.  I attended college in Austin. My husband is also a teacher and together we have four active kids who keep us busy between sports and music.  Together we love camping, visiting with family, and spending time with our dog, Samson. We enjoy taking vacations out west in Texas or towards the beach.

I have been teaching since 1995. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Austin in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Life Earth Science and a Lutheran Teacher Diploma. After graduation, I taught for two years in New Orleans before returning to Dallas. While I have various experiences teaching grades 1-8, the majority of my career has been teaching upper elementary ages. I am currently a member of the National Science Teachers of America.  I am certified to teach grades 1-8in Texas, with an additional Life-Earth Science certification.

As a member of Zion Lutheran Church, I enjoy working with the children.  I teach Sunday School, help with youth activities, and lead groups during Vacation Bible School.  My family and I enjoy volunteering at Feed My Starving Children and White Rock Center of Hope.  I frequently help our athletic teams by running the scoreboard or keeping the book while I watch my students (and my own children) grow in their abilities and sportsmanship.

I strive to be a teacher that challenges students to work hard and achieve their dreams.  I want the students to know that they can do anything they set their mind to do, because their strength and abilities come from God.  I want the students to remember that God is always with them, through good and bad, and has a plan for them. He will never give up on them and neither will I.  We all make mistakes that are part of learning.  Developing our faith in Christ is the top priority in my classroom. When we keep Him first, He helps us work through anything else that comes our way.  

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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