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With lists and laughter, she’s ready to lead

Meet Your Administrator: Christina Hinds

Northview — Christina Hinds is the new deputy superintendent at Northview Public Schools. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrators.

Other positions you have held in education:

  • Superintendent, Wayland Union Schools, Wayland, Michigan
  • Assistant superintendent of curriculum and student services, Mattawan Consolidated School, Mattawan, Michigan
  • Director of special education and student services, Mattawan Consolidated School, Mattawan
  • Special education supervisor, Van Buren Intermediate School District, working with Mattawan Consolidated School and Lawton Community Schools
  • Special education teacher, Mattawan High School, Mattawan
  • Special education teacher, Martin High School, Martin, Michigan

What about jobs outside education? While in college, Hinds waited tables and was a resident assistant, home caregiver and church secretary.

Hinds and son Andy at the Breslin Center watching Northview boys compete in basketball semifinals (courtesy)

Education/degrees:

  • Doctorate in educational leadership, Michigan State University
  • Master’s degree in educational leadership/special education administration, Grand Valley State University
  • Bachelor’s degree in special education-emotional impairments, elementary education and family life education, Western Michigan University
  • Associate degree in liberal arts, Northwestern Michigan College

Family life: Husband, Kevin; sons Calvin, 20, and Andy, 15; pug Sally Snorts, 13; and English bulldog Betty B., 5 

Hinds’ sophomore year photo, from 1991 at Rochester High

Hobbies/interests/little-known talent: Hinds enjoys “reading, traveling and time with family.”

What kind of kid were you? “In elementary school, my family teased me for always carrying a pen and paper so I could make lists. And this is still true today.”

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is… “the importance of laughter during instruction and meetings.”

If you could go back to school, to which grade would you return? “Seventh grade, because I loved being surrounded by my childhood friends.”

If you walked into your new school building to theme music by a favorite artist or band, what would it be? “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

Hinds, left, at her senior high all-night party in 1993 at Rochester High
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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering Kent ISD, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

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