PHONE: 708.456.9094 |  FAX: 708.456.9098

Welcome to Pennoyer School District 79


We're doing some amazing things. Take a peek inside of our classrooms to see our creative and collaborative minds at work. 

Tipline Reporting Methods

Phone: 1-833-300STOP


Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889





Our Mission

Inspire and empower all students to thrive

Our Vision

Pennoyer District 79 will empower learners on their educational journey toward individual success.

Learning (Student Empowerment and Ownership)

  • Foster expression of student voice and choice
  • Empower students to be adaptive learners through collaborative and creative thinking
  • Promote student-directed-learning
  • Facilitate strong academic rigor
  • Provide resources that prepare students for the future
  • Challenge each individual student
  • Amplify technology


  • Foster supportive learning practices
  • Create valuable experiences for students
  • Build positive relationships
  • Promote an empathetic, inclusive and nurturing climate
  • Inspire confidence and risk taking
  • Ensure a safe and nurturing environment

Focus on Whole Child

  • Support Social Emotional Learning
  • Create learning experiences that excite and engage
  • Provide opportunities for creative expression

Strong Community and Culture

  • Create partnerships between school and community
  • Engage and inspire our community to ensure the success of all
  • Inspire students to become invested in our community through building authentic relationships

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Exercise intentional, purposeful and thoughtful allocation of resources
  • Evaluate resources and respond to needs


Dr. Kristin Kopta

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Mr. Adam Greenberg

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Board Members

Mrs. Sheila Wachholder
President of the Board 
End of Term 2025

Mr. Phillip LaPalermo
Vice President of the Board 
End of Term 2027

Mr. David Tarjan
Secretary of the Board 
End of Term 2025

Mrs. Maria Salvador 
End of Term 2027

Mr. Gary Mohr
End of Term 2025

Mr. Dan Theberg
End of Term 2025

Mr. Luca Parisi
End of Term 2027

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