A Message From Our Principal
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
I am excited to continue this school year as the principal of Hiawatha School. While this school year does not look like the traditional start, I know we will see great success from all of our students. I could not be more proud to be part of the Hiawatha community. I have watched us all come together the past 6 months and preserve to ensure our students have what they need to succeed from home.
I am lucky to have been a part of the Hiawatha community since 1999. I began my teaching career as a 1st grade teacher and moved into the role of Assistant Principal and am now in my 5th year as Principal. I love coming to work everyday and engaging with the students, staff, parents, and the community of Hiawatha.
I received my undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education. I also have a Master's degree from Saint Xavier University in Teacher Leadership, followed by a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Education Administration.
My husband Jeremy and I have 4 children, our oldest son Colin, and triplets Kayla, Haley, and Aidan. I have always had a passion to watch children grow and am lucky enough to be with the Hiawatha students during the day and my own children in the evenings.
I will continue to work alongside Mr. Justin Gonzalez who is in his second year as our Assistant Principal. Together we hope to accomplish great things and continue to improve Hiawatha School. We are looking forward to continuing on our dual language journey and entering our 5th year as a Dual Language school. This school year we will have students in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade. We will also continue our 1:1 learning environment this year with all students using NEW iPads to help achieve success in the Remote Learning environment. We will continue to host virtual parent coffees and hope to continue evening events once it is safe to do so.
We are thankful to have you as part of the Hiawatha family and hope we can see you all soon! If at any time you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
Principal of Hiawatha School