Welcome to Monroe Middle School and thank you for visiting our Principal’s page. James Howard Monroe Middle school was named after Medal of Honor recipient James Monroe, who received the Medal of Honor posthumously in 1968 for his act of selflessness and valor during the Vietnam War. We are honored to carry his name and have great pride in housing the medal in our building that his family received from the Secretary of Defense in 1968.
I am also honored to be the principal of James Monroe Middle School and look forward to meeting many students and parents in the months to come. I began my career as an educator at Plano Middle School where I taught for 2 years. From there I moved to Plainfield where I taught 6th grade at Indian Trail Jr. High for 3 years. I was hired in Oswego as an assistant principal split between Long Beach and Boulder Hill Elementary School in 1998. The following year I was at Long Beach full time as an Assistant Principal. In the spring of 2000 I was hired as Principal to open a new school, Fox Chase Elementary. In 2005 I was hired to open a second new school, Plank Junior High. I was principal at Plank for 6 years. I am very excited to be here in District 200 and Monroe. I look forward to carrying on the deep traditions for which Monroe was named. The ideas of commitment, sacrifice, citizenship, patriotism, courage and integrity will continue to be taught and reinforced.
A little information about me. I grew up in Plainfield, and am currently living there with my wife Susan and our 3 daughters, Morgan (21 yrs.) and Lauren ( 19 yrs.) and Madilyn (15 yrs.). I attended Joliet Catholic High School and received a football scholarship to attend Valparaiso University for my undergraduate degree in education. While teaching in Plainfield I earned my master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lewis University. Currently I am pursuing my doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University. Recently I have begun to teach some graduate level classes at Aurora University.
When I have free time I love to be with my “girls” and be with my family. I also enjoy golfing, grilling, exercising, reading and watching sports. I hope this information has helped you to get to know me better and I look forward to meeting and talking to all of you at school or out in the community. I hope that your experience at Monroe will be a positive and the students will learn, grow and be ready to excel in high school.
Bryan Buck, Principal