First Grade

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Rachel Bitzenhofer

Hello! My name is Rachel Bitzenhofer and I am a First Grade teacher at Hilltop Elementary School. I have worked in School District 15 since 2012.  I have a Bachelor's Degree with an endorsement in social science from Northern Illinois University.  My favorite thing about teaching children is witnessing them experience new things for the first time!

 

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Peggy Conaghan

Hi I have been teaching first grade for 21 years at Hilltop. I love seeing all the growth that my students make from the beginning of the year to the end of the school year. First grade is amazing!!

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Sandi Groves

My name is Sandi Groves and I began my teaching career in 1987.  I graduated from National Louis University with a degree in Elementary Education and earned a Master's Degree in Reading from St. Xavier. I've been at Hilltop since 2004. I live in McHenry with my husband and we have two adult sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. I love reading, swimming, hiking, volunteering at Helping Paws..and of course, teaching first grade! 

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Samantha Sostaric

"Hello! My name is Samantha Sostaric and I teach 1st grade here at Hilltop. I started my teaching career in 2014 in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Then in 2017, my husband and I decided to move back to the midwest and we ended up in McHenry. I am so glad we moved back because I feel lucky to be part of such a great district and school. Although I lived in Georgia and now I live in Illinois, I was born and raised in Wisconsin. In other words: Go Pack Go!"

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Sofia Mantzoukis

My name is Sofia Mantzoukis and this is my 22nd year in teaching. My heritage is Greek and I speak and teach 3 languages (Spanish, Greek and English). I graduated with Honors from Northeastern Illinois University with a Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.  I am certified to teach in a variety of settings and programs, but my absolute passion is teaching EL students in a Dual language program. I am a proud mom of 3 kiddos (16,7, & 5 years of age) and I love travelling, swimming, gardening and spending time with my family.