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Jen Finch

Hello! My name is Jen Finch and I am a Learning Resource Specialist. I began my teaching career way back in 1997 after graduating from Iowa State University (Go Cyclones)! After teaching in the classroom for many years, I recently made the change to special education. I've worked all over District 15, but this is my first year at Hilltop. I live in McHenry with my husband, my two daughters (ages 20 and 14), our dog Jorgie, and our cat Jaspurr. I'm excited to work with all of my new students this year!

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Elizabeth Wolf

My name is Liz Leszewicz and I teach kindergarten through third grade in the Structured Education Setting classroom. I have been at Hilltop since 2019 and couldn’t be happier working at such a wonderful school. I live in McHenry with my husband and two children. I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, playing tennis, and doing an assortment of outdoor activities.

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Amanda Schmitt

My name is Amanda Schmitt and I have been a school social worker in District 15 since 2013. I graduated with my Bachelors in Social Work from Illinois State University and my Masters in Social Work from Aurora University. I grew up in McHenry and attended District 15 schools as a child. I love living in McHenry with my husband and 3 children. We enjoy hiking, traveling to national/state parks and reading stories together. 

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Jenny Mihevc

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Special Education Instruct and Resource

Melissa Neyfeldt

Hello! My name is Melissa Neyfeldt and I am a Special Education teacher here at Hilltop. This is my 15th year of teaching, 8th in the district. I believe every child can reach their true potential when given the right tools, support, respect, and encouragement.

I have a bachelor's degree in special education from EIU and a master's degree in reading from Olivet Nazarene University. I am married and have 3 wonderful children.  I love being a teacher and I love spending time with my family, playing softball, coaching, and reading.