Phone: 847-828-8268


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago

Mrs. Kristina Bryk


I have been working as the school social worker in District 34 as a full-time school social worker at Hillcrest at the start of the 2017. During the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years I worked with the Early Childhood and Preschool classes as well as general education kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms and Structured Learning Program and Learning Opportunity Programs for kindergarten to 1st grade. I am excited to be working at Hillcrest again this year. Last year faced many challenges as we transitioned to our K-5 structure and also had to move suddenly to remote learning in the Spring. While this year is starting off a bit different than what we usually think of as "back to school," I am looking forward to supporting and working with our students in new a creative ways. We are very fortunate to have 2 social workers at our building and while we both work with all students, I will be again primarily working with K-2nd students as well as our SLP students and Mrs. Leitza will be working with 3rd-5th graders. 

So here’s a little more about me when I’m not at school. I live in Antioch with my husband, 2 sons, and our dogs Nala and Willow (and fish, a chinchilla, and cockatiel.) My sons both attended D34 schools and are now in high school and college. My younger son is a sophomore at ACHS and my oldest is a sophomore at IIT in Chicago studying Computer Science and Cybersecurity Engineering. In my freetime, I like spending time with my family and friends, working out, going for walks, being outside, listening to music, reading, watching movies, playing games, and I love to plan and take trips! We are also science and tech lovers in my family!   


If you have any questions please contact me either by email at or by phone at 847-838-8268. While we are still in Remote Learning 2.0, email is best.