Degrees and Certifications:

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! Dreaming and Achieving" in your children! Now, we get the great pleasure of watching those dreams bloom! 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




Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Jennifer Tekiela, Assistant Principal

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