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 that 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.
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. I then moved to Chicago where I served as an Americorps VISTA in a literacy program before becoming a Teacher for Chicago. I taught 3rd and 4th grade at Leslie Lewis School 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 a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Concodia University in River Forest.
In 2000, 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 at Thompson Junior High. I earned my endorsement in School Library Media and then had the opportunity to open new school libraries at Bednarcik Junior High and Oswego East High School. I then earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and served as assistant principal at Plank Junior High for 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 partnering with them ensure that our students have the best middle school years possible.
My family now lives in Naperville. I have two children (ages 19 and 16), and a goldendoodle named Sadie.