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.
Nine 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 2017-2018 school year in my seventh 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 (18) and daughter, Kerigan Allora (13) were born making me a MOM! My husband Lance and I have been married for 21 years and enjoy watching our kids play sports, but most importantly we love watching them be happy! 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
Mrs. Sherri Blanchette, Assistant Principal
My name is Sherri Blanchette, and I am thrilled to begin my third year as Assistant Principal in our Hofer Home! I am looking forward working with our students, families, and staff as we enter into another exciting year of learning and growing! I would like to take this moment to share a little bit about myself. My husband Tim, and I have been married for 30 years, and we are proud parents to five wonderful young men: Ryan (28), Tyler (25), Evan (22), and our twins, Nick and Nate (18). My son Ryan, and his wife, Monica have blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren, Isabelle (3) and Joseph (1). I grew up in the Limestone/Herscher area, attending Herscher High School. After Tim and I were married, we had the opportunity to spend three years living outside of London, England, and then spent another three years in Biloxi, Mississippi before settling back in the Bradley-Bourbonnais area. During this time, I was a stay at home mom with our boys. When Nick and Nate started preschool, I knew it was time to finish my degree. I have always felt called to be a teacher, so it was a proud moment when I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University in December 2005. I was very fortunate to receive my first job teaching first grade in Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53, where I also spent five years teaching fourth grade, and four years teaching fifth grade. In 2013, I completed my Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on School Improvement Leadership. Education has always been a priority in our family. In fact, my son Tyler is a high school English teacher, and my younger brother is also an elementary teacher who happens to be married to an elementary teacher! Family is one of the greatest gifts! I enjoy spending time with mine and watching them grow into amazing adults. The reason I share this is, I know that when you are sending your children to our school, you are entrusting us with your most precious gifts. I look forward to supporting our students, families, and staff as we work together to provide a safe learning environment where all children will learn and grow both academically and socially.
Partners in Education,
Mrs. Sherri Blanchette