We caught up with our new Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kristin Hunt, in order to help the community learn more about her.
1) Are you married? Kids?
Yes, I have been married to Stephen for 20 years, and we have three sons. Jacob is 17, Matthew is 15, and Joshua is 12. Jacob is a senior, so this is an emotional year for us.
2) Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana with a B.A. in elementary education.
3) What gets you up in the morning?
A loud alarm clock and a cup of coffee. I do actually prefer to get up and get things done in the morning rather than put them off until later in the day. I also enjoy when I can get up and have a few moments of quiet before the rest of the family is awake.
4) What are your favorite hobbies?
I love to read, especially historical fiction and mysteries. I also enjoy building puzzles, playing the piano, hiking, and traveling.
5) What is one of your hidden talents?
Two of my three children have severe food allergies, and they are allergic to different foods. I have had to become an expert in shopping, cooking, and baking so everyone in the family has safe and (hopefully) delicious food to eat.
6) What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I had to read it for an assignment in 10th grade English, and I ended up falling in love with it. It has a little of everything: drama, mystery, and romance. I went out and bought a copy for myself and have read it countless times over the years.
7) How long have you lived in Indiana and why do you enjoy living here?
I was born and raised in Indiana. In 2003, when I got married, I had to move out of state because of Stephen’s job. In 2014, we had the opportunity to move back home again to Indiana. What I enjoy about living in Indiana is that this is where my roots are. No matter where I have lived, Indiana has always symbolized home to me.
8) What meaningful event in your past significantly influenced your life?
In May 1995, I attended a retreat with a group from my church. During one session, the speaker shared about how the former Soviet Union was allowing missionaries into the country, and she showed a short video about mission opportunities there. While watching the video, I experienced what I can only describe as God giving me a wink and a nudge. My response to Him was,
“What was that, God? You’re not saying you want me to be a missionary, are you? If you want me to be a missionary, you are going to have to do all the work, because I am not pursuing it.”
I’m pretty sure at that point God said, “Challenge accepted,” because He was relentless. Over the next couple of years (yes, I was that stubborn), the people I met and the experiences I had brought me to the point where I could no longer deny God’s calling on my life. The culmination of everything was my going to Mexico City and teaching at a missionary school there for two years. I am so grateful that God didn’t give up on me. Not only would I have missed out on some incredibly amazing experiences, but that whole process served to deepen my faith and solidify my relationship with Christ.
9) What historical figure would you like to spend a day with?
I would like to spend a day with Abraham Lincoln. We lived in Springfield, Illinois for ten years and were surrounded by all things Lincoln. We visited his home, law office, tomb, presidential museum, etc. For a while, there was even a statue of Abraham Lincoln in our local Meijer. It would be interesting to sit down with him and learn what things are actual facts and what things have become legend over the years. It would also be fascinating to hear from him how he coped with leading the country through the Civil War and what his plans for the nation post-war were had he lived.
10) What would we be surprised to learn about you?
Since I am new to Coram Deo, I am sure there are a lot of things that would surprise you. One is that I have always been terrified of bats. I don’t even like to look at photographs of bats. When my middle son was about three years old, I was making breakfast one morning when he said, “Mommy, there’s a bird by you.” I turned around to look and saw a bat hanging from our kitchen cabinets. That was followed by a lot of screaming, running, and calling animal control. “Bat in the Kitchen” is a day that has gone down in infamy in my household.