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Principal's Welcome

3300 Heartland Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-463-3200

Principal's Welcome

 Dear Families,

I am thrilled to welcome you to Heartland Elementary School! What an AMAZING place to be an elementary school principal! This is my 29th year in education and my tenth year in District 304.  My previous 19 years in education were served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Crystal Lake School District.  

You are part of a fantastic community of educators at Heartland that recently marked its 20th Anniversary during the 22-23 school year.  We look forward to many successful years and will focus the 24-25 school year on school pride: Heartland- Proud to Be Hawk- Soaring to Excellence!

Heartland fully supports the district's vision and prepares students in a 21st century learning environment. Our school improvement plan will focus on math instruction and social emotional well-being in order to ensure growth for all learners. Our goals are:
1. to improve the ability to explain mathematical thinking when answering an extended response math problem. 
2. ensure our classroom/school behavior matrix is utilized with fidelity, as well as ensure every learning space has a reward and consequence plan that is implemented with fidelity.

We engage students in extracurricular learning through our Young Explorers program; our students love to work collaboratively as they engage in the unknown, and we can't thank our PTO enough for the support they provide to the success of this program!  We are committed to working as a professional learning community in order to focus on learning, create a collaborative culture and get the results for which we strive. 

We are excited to further our understanding and expertise with the newly adopted components to our reading curriculum- Really Great Reading (grades K-2) and Word Wisdom (grades 3-5)!  We understand and value the importance of phonics, phonemic awareness and word study. Our students will truly benefit from these foundational skills as they navigate reading during the early years in their education. Be sure to ask your child about these units of study which they'll be learning throughout the year.

We hold students' social and emotional well-being in high regard; we will continue with the online Second Step curriculum to help students succeed in the classroom and in life. This new format offers opportunities for our students to work on executive functioning, skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and problem-solving...all which connect to our school improvement goals.

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and to working with our community on behalf of the Heartland students. Should you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at 630-463-3200 or by email at [email protected]

With gratitude,
Kimberly Hornberg

About the Principal

Principal Kimberly Hornberg comes to Heartland with a background in teaching and leading. Prior to joining Heartland, Mrs. Hornberg worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Crystal Lake School District 47 for 19 years. She has taught 5th, 6th & 7th grades with an emphasis in the language arts curriculum, as well as served as an assistant principal at the elementary and middle school levels. The 2024-2025 school year marks her 19th year of leadership as a principal at the elementary level.

Mrs. Hornberg earned her B.S. Elementary Education from Illinois State University and her M.S. Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. Outside of school time, Mrs. Hornberg loves spending time with her husband and three daughters. Her oldest daughter will begin her final year at Miami University where she will begin her student teaching experience in an 8th grade Language Arts classroom. Her twin daughters are rising sophomores at Western Kentucky University studying nursing and social work. She continues the perfection of her most recent research project- how to be an empty nester!  She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and playing with their 4-year-old Boston Terrier, Lucy.  She's an avid sports fan and enjoys watching baseball, basketball and football.