Phone: 630-759-7282


Degrees and Certifications:

Master Degree Teaching and Learning, University St. Francis Bachelor Degree Elementary Education Kdg-9, University St. Francis English Second Language Endorsement, University St. Francis

Mrs. Melissa Hilliard-First Grade

Welcome families, this is my 6th year in the Valley View School District.  This is my 18th year teaching and my 3rd year teaching 1st grade at Independence. I received my English as a Second Language Endorsement from the University of St. Francis in August, 2016.   I recently received my Master's in Teaching and Learning from the University of St. Francis in May, 2017.  I am also an adjunct professor for the University of St. Francis. I have a love of continuing to learn in an effort to keep current with best pratices in education!

My Famliy.....

Married 23 years to Rich!

3 Daughters (Brooke, Paige, Hope)

2 German Shephards (Jadzia and Jedi)

Teaching is my passion!  I love coming to work each day and seeing the excitement in my young learners' eyes!  I have a love of children's books and can't wait to share my classroom library with your children.

I enjoy baking, cooking, traveling and crafting when I am not at school.  

I am looking forward to taking this amazing learning journey with all of you this year!