Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English & French, Chapman University, Orange, CA M.A. Curriculum & Instruction, Concordia University, River Forest, IL K-12 Library Media Endorsement, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL M.A. Educational Leadership, Governors State University, University Park, IL Marguerite Key Fellow, 2018
Mrs. Rachel Bednar
Hello! It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the principal of Edison Middle School, an amazing place due to wonderful children and families and a top-notch staff who cares deeply about helping every child achieve their greatest potential.
I grew up in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended South Milwaukee High School where I participated on the swim team, the basketball team and the softball team. I also worked at my grandmother's restaurant until it closed and then worked at McDonald's and JoAnn Fabrics.
After graduating, I went to France for a year as an exchange student with AFS, and then attended college at Chapman University in Orange, California where I earned Bachelor's degrees in English and French. Upon graduating, I moved to Chicago where I served as an Americorps VISTA in a literacy program. I then became a Teacher for Chicago (now called Chicago Teacher Residency) and taught 3rd and 4th grade at Leslie Lewis School (now call Lewis School of Excellence) in the North Austin neighborhood and then taught 7th and 8th grade language arts and coached 7th and 8th grade girls basketball at Walt Disney Magnet School in the Buena Park/Uptown neighborhood. During these years, I earned my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
After getting married, I moved to Oswego where I worked in the Oswego CUSD 308 school district for 10 years. I taught 7th and 8th grade language arts and coached 7th grade girls basketball for two years at Thompson Junior High. I earned my endorsement in School Library Media and then had the opportunity to open a new school library at Bednarcik Junior High where I worked for 2 years, and then I opened the new high school library at Oswego East High School where I worked for four years. I then completed my Master's degree in Educational Leadership and had the opportunity to become an assistant principal at Plank Junior High where I worked for another four years.
In 2012, I joined the Edison Middle School community, and I have been proud to call Edison my home ever since.
I am passionate about supporting teachers and staff so they are equipped to support their students' development. I love getting to know our students and families and discover how we as a school can best help them have the best middle school years possible.
I currently live in Naperville with my husband, two children and our goldendoodle, Sadie. My daughter recently graduated from Naperville North High School and is starting at Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 2020. My son will be a sophomore at Naperville North.