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Serving grades PreK-4 in the Troy School District 30C
Kathy Barker

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


3 months ago

Principal Kathy Barker

I have been the proud principal of Troy Craughwell for the last thirteen years.  Prior to becoming a principal, I was a reading specialist at Troy Heritage Trail and taught both kindergarten and first grade at three different Troy Elementary Schools - Craughwell, Shorewood, and Heritage Trail.

I was a Troy student myself from third to eighth grade and all three of my own children attended Troy.  You can say that my family loves Troy! 

My favorite thing to do when I am away from Craughwell is spending time with family and friends at our Wisconsin lake house.  I love boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter! 

Assistant Principal Steve Foster

I'm proud to say this begins my seventh year serving as the assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.  I have the pleasure of serving and watching the Troy Craughwell students learn and grow from the time they enter our building as 4 year old pre-schoolers until they leave us at the end of fourth grade.  

This is my 27th year in education.  I taught first, second, and third grades before joining the Troy 30-C District as an Instructional Coach.  I was an Instructional Coach for five years before becoming the assistant principal at both Troy Craughwell and Troy Heritage Trail schools. The following year I became full time assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.

I received my Elementary Education degree at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.  I obtained a master's degree in Teaching and Learning at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and a second master's degree in Educational Administration at Governor's State University in University Park, IL.

In my free time I enjoy running 5Ks, spending time with family and friends, ushering and attending live theater

Principals' Post 1 10 20
January 10, 2020

Dear Craughwell Families,

We were so excited to welcome our students back to school after winter break! We had a very successful week transitioning back to school!

Our PAC (Parent Activities Council) will be hosting our annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Thursday, January 30th. They are looking for volunteers for this event. Volunteers can be middle and high school students, as well as, our moms! Please go to the following link to sign up to volunteer.

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) are placing a time capsule in the new plaza of the soon-to-be opened courthouse in downtown Joliet. The Court Administrator has asked students of Will County to participate in the event by submitting entries for the time capsule.

Below are the themes for submission:

Grades K-2: Draw a picture of the American Flag and tell what it means to you.

Grade 3: Pick one U.S. State you would like to live in and explain why.

Grades 4-6: If you could be someone from American history, who would you be and why?

Entries must be turned in to Mrs. Barker or Mr. Foster by February 14th. Entries must be on 8.5” by 11” paper. Student’s name and our school name must be placed on the back.

The opening of the new courthouse is a significant historical moment for everyone in Will County. We hope you will consider submitting an entry.

We will once again be sponsoring a Little Caesars Pizza fundraiser, as it was a huge success last year! Flyers will be sent home on Monday, January 6th. The sale will run from January 6th to January 16th. All orders must be turned in no later than January 16th. Order pick ups will be from 3:00-5:30 on January 31st. Please enter through door #4. As always, we are so thankful for your support of our school!
If you have any questions, please contact us at (815) 577-7313. Mrs. Barker’s extension is 6004 and Mr. Foster’s extension is 6005 or email us at or
Parent Supports:
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Your Partners in Your Child’s Education,
Mrs. Barker and Mr. Foster

Important Dates:
January 6th - 16th - Little Caesars Pizza Sale
January 13th - 16th - School Store Week
January 15th - School Board Meeting 7:00
January 17th - SIP Day - Spirit Day - “Get Fit in the New Year” - wear exercise clothing - Communities Day
January 20th - Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 23rd - McTeacher Night at McDonalds - 4280 W. Jefferson St. Joliet 4:30-7:30 - Our staff will be there to serve you!
January 30th - Daddy/Daughter Dance 6:00-7:30
January 31st - Little Caesars Pizza Pick-Up - 3:00-5:30 - Enter through Door #4

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