Meet the Principal

Dear Big Hollow Elementary School Families,

It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the new principal at Big Hollow Elementary School.  I am looking forward to meeting and working with each of you and your families. Prior to coming to Big Hollow School District, I had the opportunity to serve as principal at both Avoca West Elementary School in Wilmette, District #37, for ten years and School of St. Mary in Lake Forest for nine years.   I was fortunate to spend several days at Big Hollow Elementary at the end of the school year and officially began on July 1st.  

Dr. Biancalana with student representatives from interview team

Big Hollow Elementary School has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest schools in this area; a family oriented school that prepares its students academically, socially, emotionally and physically for middle school, high school, college and career.  During the interview process, I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the extraordinary dedication and commitment of students, teachers, parents, administrators and School Board Members in this exceptional and caring environment. I am excited to become part of this impressive tradition of excellence.
Big Hollow Elementary School serves students in second, third and fourth grade.  Our faculty and staff provide learners with rigorous academic curricula and engaging fine arts, technology, physical education and social/emotional development opportunities.  Some of our school events include Family Reading Night, Cup Stacking Tournament, family dances, Fall Festival, Academic, Music, Art & Technology Showcases and more! We hope to see your family at these interactive events!

At Big Hollow, we are fortunate to get to know each child individually and work with them as they grow to their full potential academically, socially, emotionally and physically.  We meet the needs of all students by making collaborative, educational decisions using multiple sources of data. Your child’s experience at Big Hollow will enable them to grow, explore, build self-confidence, and develop socially.  We emphasize 21st Century Skill development to foster students’ creativity, critical thinking skills and ability to work cooperatively with others.

Thank you for sharing your child’s educational experience with us every day and for supporting him or her at home and in our community.  We are passionate about collaborating with parents and keeping communication lines open in the best interest of our students. Please know that my door is always open to you and your children.  If I can be of assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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  • Twitter-- @bighollowelem @vinnibiancalana
  • instagram-- @bighollowelementary
  • Facebook-- https://.facebook.com/bighollowelem

For your children,
Dr. Vinni Biancalana
Principal
847-740-5321, ext. 4003
​vinnibiancalana@bighollow.us