Harriet Gifford Elementary School
240 South Clifton Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123
Principal: Mr. Joe Corcoran
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Geynell Lawrence-Tabb
School Secretary: Ms. Liz Mari
Part Time Secretary: Ms. Natalie Edwards
Bilingual Home School Liaison: Ms. Sonia Mahecha
Dual Language: K-6
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Mascot: Buddy Bear
School Colors: Blue and White
Welcome to Harriet Gifford
Welcome to the Harriet Gifford Elementary School website! We are home to 400 students in grades K-6. Our educational program features both General Education and Dual Language Classrooms. We also feature a unique Outdoor Classroom where student can participate in hands-on activities.
Harriet Gifford Elementary opened it's doors in 1949 and is named after Elgin's first school teacher, Miss Harriet Gifford, who established the first school in Elgin in 1836. The school has evolved through the years with additions and modernizing projects. A west wing to the school was added in 1954 that added additional classrooms and learning center. A new gym and main office, along with additional office space was added in 1997.
Harriet Gifford is a Title 1 School with a student population that celebrates its diversity. We also are a P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) school. Students live by three basic standards: Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful. Harriet Gifford is a trauma invested school.
Parents play an important part at our school. Our parent group, PIC (Parent Involvement Committee), is an excellent way for parents to get involved in the school and meet other parents. They provide much needed resources for our students and classrooms. Please see our Parent page for more information on this group.
The Family Calendar on this page is updated regularly and is a good source for your information on upcoming events.
We have an outstanding staff here at Harriet Gifford, that are here because they want to make a difference with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please first start with your child’s teacher. If your situation is still not satisfied, please feel free to contact the school principal. Together we can make this a great place for your child to Learn, Care and Grow.
Joe Corcoran, Principal