Mrs. Malinda (Mindy) Kingsley
I entered the Air Force as a hydraulic technician in 1989. During my twenty years in the Air Force, I held several different positions, one of which was a hydraulics instructor. This is where I fell in love with teaching. Throughout my military career, I also lived in several states and traveled to various countries, experiencing a variety of cultures and gaining a deep appreciation for the different ways people throughout God’s world live. Following retirement, I spent the next 12 years as a full-time mom, homemaker, substitute teacher, and part-time college student pursuing my undergraduate teaching degree in history at Westfield State University.
I was born and raised on a farm in southern Minnesota, the eldest of six children. It was in that environment that I learned about God’s love and His design for the family and community. I have been married to my husband, Rob, since 1991, and we have four beautiful children—Leah, Rachel, Larissa, and Sean. I enjoy virtually every hobby under the sun, including almost anything outdoors, cooking, woodworking, running races with my family, and learning about science, history, and anything else that comes my way.
I believe all children have been bestowed gifts by God to use for His glory. It is up to us as teachers to help them discover those gifts and sharpen them. I believe it is important to teach children how to learn and to help foster a love for life-long learning. If I can do these things, I believe I will have succeeded.
I have three verses that I have tried to live my life by. They are inspired by the Air Force motto which is “Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do”
Proverbs 10:9: “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”
Philippians 2: 3-4: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
1 Corinthians 10:31: “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”