Principally Speaking ….
Dear Edison students, staff, and families,
After 48 years as an educator in District 103, it is with a heavy heart that I will be retiring effective June 30th, 2022. I have had an amazing career and tenure as a teacher and principal. Being principal at Edison for 34 years has been a highlight of my career.
I was given a gift from this community to help in creating a caring, loving, and high-quality school that I will never forget. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have served as Edison school principal in such a vibrant and supportive community; a community where education is valued as a top priority by students, teachers, and parents alike. I am blessed to have been a colleague to such an extraordinary faculty and staff. I am humbled by the fact that Edison's parents have entrusted their most precious “commodity” – their children – to my hands. We have grown immensely, we have built deep relationships, and we have learned alongside each other as students, staff, parents, and community partners. We have created a culture of growth that is talked about throughout Stickney and the surrounding communities. When people hear about Edison School, the reputation is full of strength, care, innovation, and SPIRIT. As I step out of this role, I will take Edison SPIRIT with me.
As we all know, with every beginning there is an ending. My fabulous journey here is ending. It has been filled with expectations, joys, fantasies, and of course sad moments as I conclude this last chapter of my journey. I thank God for choosing to put me on this path and for a love for teaching and for finding a deep affection for trying to instill the love of learning in others.
My passion for teaching and love for students (which motivated me to enter this noble profession to begin with) has not subsided. I look forward to a new beginning and a new journey. Please know I will miss you all!
With sincere appreciation,
Dr. Janice Bernard