About Mrs. DeNio

  • Dear First Grade Families,

          Welcome to first grade! I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our classroom and to tell you a little bit about myself.

          I am very excited to be teaching first grade at Hillcrest! This will be my seventeenth year of teaching. Over the past 16 years I have taught grades 1st to 5th (1st being my absolute FAVORITE)! I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Art from Augustana College in 2003 and a Masters Degree in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University in 2008. I received my second Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Concordia University in 2011.

         I grew up in Park Ridge, IL but currently live in Kenosha, WI with my husband Justin, our 5 year old daughter Ella, our 2 and 1/2 year old son Evan, and our dog Bailey. I played the clarinet throughout grade school, high school, and college and was also involved in a variety of vocal ensembles. I still have a great love of music and enjoy singing whenever I have an opportunity. I minored in art in college and enjoy adding artistic creativity to my everyday teaching.  

         I believe that open communication between a child’s home and school is very important for a student’s success. Please feel free to contact me any time you have a question or concern. I can be contacted by phone at 847-838-8037. Please note that the phone in our classroom will not ring during school hours. Please leave a detailed voicemail and I will return your call. The best way to reach me during the school day is to email me at kdenio@antioch34.com. I check my email periodically throughout the day, but please know that I may not have time to reply to your email until after school.

          Together, we can help your child have a successful year in first grade. I look forward to a great year!


    Mrs. DeNio

     My Family