• This was our best week yet!!!! 

    The students had so much fun learning about rainbows.  You can continue at home. There are lots of fun experiments with lights, water, mirrors and prisms.

    The leprechauns were mischievous all week. But today they left us clues to go on a hunt and when we came to our room there was a special snack. We thought he was done but when we went to do GOTCHA prizes we realized he took all of our prizes and left everyone a necklace and tattoo!  

    The smiles on the children were priceless. I hope you are able to enjoy the pictures.

    Not to be out done by the Leprechauns we had a special activity today. Busy Brains Museum brought us activities in the green center. The children explored with gears, pipes and air along with other activities. 

    I hope everyone has a fun safe weekend. I am ready for a nap :)

    Next week we talk about Spring. 

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  • Below is a list of items our classroom would benefit from. 

    I will delete items and add items as needed.

    Please only donate what you are comfortable with.

    Thank you!!!

    *Baby Wipes


    *Thin Markers

    *Sandwich size ziplocs

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 Marie Hanrahan

Phone: 847-838-8025


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Marie Hanrahan

I am excited to continue my teaching career at Hillcrest this year. I have previously taught Early Childhood Special Education for 5 years at a previous school district and taught at HeadStart before that.  I have over 20 years experience in working with young children.  I do have three children of my own, two step children and a grandchild. I am looking forward to an exciting year with your children.  Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions or concerns. I will do my best to respond the same day.




Hello, I have worked at Hillcrest for the past 4 years. Before working at Hillcrest, I worked as a preschool teacher at Kindercare for 6 years. I have two beautiful boys and one on the way. Caden is 9 and Carson is 1.