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Mission Statement

over 2 years ago

Troy CCSD 30-C Mission:

In our Hofer Home, our professional learning community will achieve excellence and will conquer the challenges of the future.

Troy Hofer Elementary Vision:

Hofer Students will:

  •  be accountable for their learning expectations
  •  take risks and persevere in their learning
  •  be respectful, collaborative and reflective learners

Hofer Families will:

  •  be respectful and collaborative partners in creating a climate of high academic and social expectations for student success
  •  embrace opportunities to foster a strong bridge between home and school to encourage a passion for lifelong learning

Hofer Staff will:

  •  be welcoming, positive and supportive to maintain a safe and peaceful educational home
  •  establish a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn through best practices and continual professional development
  •  accurately measure and monitor student learning to provide varied and rigorous instruction to support every student in achieving their highest potential

Hofer Policies

over 2 years ago

Late Students

It is very important that students arrive between 8:15 am and 8:25 am. The bell will ring at 8:25 am, and students have 10 minutes to be in their seats and ready for class. We need your help in making sure that your child arrives on time. Please contact the office if there is an emergency that is unavoidable.

Can I Pick Up My Child Early?  

All students who leave the school early or are picked up from school are required to be signed out in the office by an adult. Please be prepared to show your photo ID. Unless it is an emergency, we must have a note from the parent at the start of the school day.If your child is to be picked up at the end of the school day, he/she can be signed out at the front east doors.  If your child is to be picked up early, he/she will need to be signed out in the office.

Principal's Corner

11 months ago

Mrs. Kristin Copes, Principal
Welcome to our Hofer School Family! My name is Kristin Copes, and I am the Principal of Troy Hofer Elementary School. This is a valuable opportunity for our families of Hofer to learn about me as an educator, school leader and mother. I grew up on a small farm being educated in the Coal City school system. Education was always viewed with great importance as my dad was a principal/superintendent of schools and my mom a special education school secretary. Our talks around the dinner table always navigated towards the same question, "What happened at school today?" My two older brothers were wonderful role models growing up, still living minutes from my home today. Upon graduating from high school, I headed to Charleston, IL attending Eastern Illinois University where I earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. After graduating from E.I.U., I accepted a semester position as a preschool teacher for The Grundy Co. Preschool. In 1994, I accepted a first grade position with Morris Elementary School District #54.

Memories of my own first grade year were so vivid to me as I remembered those magical days of sitting in Miss Quinzio's first grade classroom as a little, six year old girl. It was that year I met my best friend, learned to read, and discovered that a classroom is a home with a group of classmates who by the end of a school year become a little family. That year was a magical year where I grew academically, but most importantly Miss Quinzio taught me to dream! It was my goal to someday become that teacher who would make learning magical for my students! For the next 15 years, I was honored to teach my many talented, first grade students of District #54. Four of those years were spent teaching in a looping configuration where my students and I extended our teaching and learning journey throughout first and second grades. While teaching first grade, I began to have the desire to get back into the classroom as the student. In 2001, I graduated from Illinois State University with a M.S. in Educational Administration.

Eleven years ago, I came to the realization that a new dream had presented itself. I was ready to expand beyond my four classroom walls with a vision of leading as an instructional leader for an entire school population. I was ready for the great responsibility and challenge of becoming a school leader. What an honor it was in 2009, when I began my school administration career in Troy. That honor and excitement has grown for this 2019-2020 school year in my tenth year as Principal of Troy Hofer Elementary School. As my roles within the school system have evolved throughout my life, my goal for my students has remained a constant. I want these elementary years to be magical growing years where we build student skills academically, socially and emotionally. Within our school doors, it is my desire for our Hofer kids to be exposed to role models who inspire them to believe in their dreams. In an educational home where our students are safe, cared for and nurtured, I truly believe that dreams are planted! It is with confidence that I believe the staff ( and I mean the entire staff) who surrounds me each day at Hofer are just the people to foster that sense of "Believing, Dreaming and Achieving" in your children! Now, we get the great pleasure of watching those dreams bloom!

 My greatest dreams came true when my son, Carter Lane (20) and daughter, Kerigan Allora (15) were born making me a MOM!   My husband Lance and I have been married for 23 years and enjoy following our kids around in all that they do; most importantly we love being a family!  As a family we look forward to vacationing, spending time together and playing with our Maltese puppy, Delilah!

Thank you for sharing your children with our Hofer Family on a daily basis!   We value and appreciate your trusting partnership of teaching and learning.  We are anticipating a successful year of educational growth!  I look forward to making many memories with your family in our Hofer Home.

Partners in education,

Mrs. Kristin Copes
Principal, Troy Hofer Elementary School

Troy Hofer-- Assistant Principal--Mrs. Jennifer Tekiela

Hello Troy Hofer Families,

My name is Jennifer Tekiela and I will be serving as your assistant principal this year. At Troy Hofer we are building our Be Kind community. It is our goal that every member of our family feels valued and safe at school.

My career in education began in 1998 in Dolton/Riverdale where I taught multiple grade levels. From the classroom I transitioned into the role of reading specialist working in both Dolton and New Lenox. While in New Lenox I received a Dyslexia certification to further assist emerging readers.

My hobbies include running, camping, and reading. I have three wonderful children; two high school students, and one fourth grader. I have been married for nineteen years, and my husband is a high school English teacher.

At Troy Hofer student learning is our priority. Our motto is, “Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It.” Hofer students are encouraged to dream big, believe in themselves, and to work hard in order to achieve their goals. 

The entire staff at Troy Hofer is dedicated to our students and community. Our goal is to work in collaboration with our families, and to provide an enriching and positive learning environment. We encourage our community members to become involved in the education process of our fantastic students. 

I am looking forward to a joyful year of teaching and learning. Please feel free to contact me throughout the school year. 


   Jennifer Tekiela

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

over 2 years ago

PAC is the Parent Advisory Committee of Troy Hofer Elementary School. It is an organization made up of parents, guardians and staff members who are interested in learning more about our school, connecting with other parents, offering time for school events, and demonstrating increased involvement and interest in supporting our school’s children and staff.  PAC is a voice of parents at the school level, providing an opportunity for parents and guardians to advise on school programs, policies, plans and activities. The purpose of PAC is to support, promote and improve the quality of education and well-being of Hofer students and encourage parent participation at Hofer Elementary School.  PAC members support Hofer Elementary School by attending PAC meetings, assisting in the school and participating in school events.

PAC Links:

Hofer Parent Commitments supported by PAC.

Submit agenda items for consideration at our next PAC meeting HERE

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