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Mr. Bendis

I graduated from North Central College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and history. While I was applying to graduate schools, I realized I wanted to teach history and coach football and wrestling. I decided to enroll in the Master of Education program at DePaul University. The program at DePaul gave me the opportunity to complete the teacher certification process while I earned a master’s degree.

After I finished the coursework at DePaul and completed my student teaching, I was hired to teach history at the Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA). In addition to my new teaching responsibilities, I was also hired as an assistant wrestling coach at my alma mater, Naperville North High School. As I prepared for my second year at CAA, I was offered a football coaching position at my former middle school, Washington Junior High School in Naperville. Shortly thereafter, I realized I wanted to teach and coach at the middle level.

The following year, I left CAA for Kennedy Junior High School in Naperville. I taught 6th grade social studies and language arts and coached football and wrestling. While I was at KJHS, I went back to school to earn my educational administrative licensure. After five years at KJHS, I was afforded the opportunity to become the assistant principal at Clarendon Hills Middle School. During my first year at CHMS, I was named acting principal. At the end of that school year I was officially named the principal of CHMS. I served as the principal there for the next four years. In 2007, I accepted a position as the principal of Timber Ridge Middle School in Plainfield, IL. After three years in Plainfield, I was given the opportunity to become the principal of Franklin Middle School.

For the last four years it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the principal of FMS. Although I am proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff and I have enjoyed being a part of several positive changes during my time at Franklin, my greatest satisfaction as an educator comes from helping young people experience success and achieve excellence. Each student’s road to success and excellence might look different, but I believe it is our responsibility to facilitate this process for all our students. I look forward to working with the students, teachers, parents and the rest of the Franklin community towards this end for years to come.



Last Modified on August 24, 2017