Leah Dykstra

dykstral@hope.edu • 800.968.7850

HometownThat's a hard question! I was born in Holland. But I mostly grew up in Willmar, Minnesota, where I went to school from kindergarten through tenth grade. However, I graduated from Urbandale High School in Urbandale, Iowa.

Education
B.A., Northwestern CollegeArea of Study Elementary Education
HobbiesI love spending time with my husband, Kurt, and daughters, Juliana and Emma-Elisabeth. I also enjoy reading, exercising, and baking.
Fun or Interesting Fact1. I ran a marathon. 2. In high school I was Nellie in South Pacific and actually had to wash my hair on stage with cold water.
Favorite College MemoryI loved college. I'm grateful for all the great friends I made and am still in contact with. In fact, my family still gets together every summer with a group of these college friends.
Why I love HopeI love the people that make up the community of Hope. Hope is filled with people who love what they do and do what they do to the best of their ability. I love that Hope is a place where you will not only earn a world-class education, but you also will be immersed in an intentionally spiritual and socially supportive environment.
Favorite TV Show and MovieCollege football
Best thing about Holland, Michigan1. The Mayor. 2. Lake Michigan. 3. Downtown.