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At Pennoyer School, we are dedicated to the development of our children academically, emotionally, and socially. We must prepare our students to become life-long learners, positive contributors of our community and responsible citizens of a global society.


Dr. Kristin Kopta

Professional Experience

Welcome to our website!

Founded in 1840, Pennoyer School has been providing an outstanding education for students for 175 years! A lot has changed in the last 175 years. Pennoyer itself has gone from a one room, wooden structure in the middle of farm fields, to a building that houses over 400 students surrounded by major roadways, homes, and businesses.

What hasn't changed is the Pennoyer commitment to providing an outstanding education in a caring and supportive environment. Our students interact with excellent teachers and staff, utilize the latest instructional technology, and have ample opportunities to learn and grow. We are very proud of our school and look forward to another 175 years of excellence.

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Dr. Kristin Kopta


Dear District Staff and Community Members:

The Board of Education announced Gina Sierra as the new Principal of Pennoyer School at the June 8th Board of Education Meeting. Mrs. Sierra is currently the Assistant Principal at North School in DuPage School District 45 where she has served the district in that capacity for the past three years. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Sierra spent nineteen years in the classroom teaching first, second and sixth grades, as well as a reading specialist. Mrs. Sierra is also proud to be a member of the Komarek School District 94 Board of Education which serves students in a K-8, one school district in North Riverside. Mrs. Sierra's passion and commitment to teaching and learning was evident throughout the interview process. She embraces a student first philosophy and a passion to work with teachers, parents and the community.

The Pennoyer School District 79 Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristin Kopta has been hired to serve at the Superintendent beginning July 1, 2016. Dr. Kopta brings seventeen years of experience in education, with the past nine as a school administrator, to our community. Dr. Kopta earned her Doctoral degree from National Louis University in School Leadership and Administration. She also holds a Master of Education degree in School Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Human Resource and Development from University of Illinois at Champaign. She completed her Bachelors of Education Degree at Illinois State University.

Dr. Kopta grew up in Lemont and currently lives in Arlington Heights with her husband and two children. Aside from her time spent with her family and career, Dr. Kopta serves her country in the Air National Guard in Peoria, Illinois. She is an advocate for public education and serves on the West 40 Regional Office of Education Board of Directors.

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Mr. Michael Malusa
President of the Board
End of Term 4/2017

Mr. Mark Neri
Vice President of the Board
End of Term 2019

Mr. Mark Diatte
Secretary of the Board
End of Term 2019

Ms. Lisa Nixon
End of Term 2019

Mr. Phillip LaPalermo
End of Term 2019

Ms. Shelia Wachholder
End of Term 2017

Ms. Patrizia Alaimo
End of Term 2017