Harvard District 50 is pleased to welcome two new key leaders for the 2019-2020 school year. Washington School Principal Nikki Gardner and Crosby Elementary School Principal Kathleen Ferguson were both approved by the board at their June 19 public meeting.
Principal Gardner spent the past six years as an assistant principal of an all kindergarten building in Round Lake, Illinois. Gardner has over twenty years of educational experience, working in the classroom teaching kindergarten, first, second, and third grades in Missouri. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration and is in the dissertation phase of her doctoral degree in educational leadership.
“I believe that one of the most important aspects of my work as the principal of Washington is building meaningful relationships with students, families, and teachers,” Gardner said.
Most recently, Principal Ferguson worked as a reading specialist for eight years in Burlington, Wisconsin. Her first teaching position was right out of college where she taught for seven years as a fifth-grade teacher. She has also taught seventh and eighth-grade. She holds a master’s in reading instruction and a master’s in educational administration.
Like Gardner, Ferguson sees relationships as the key factor in student success. “I am looking forward to an exciting 2019-2020 school year and the opportunity to build relationships with our amazing staff, students, and families,” Ferguson said.
Both principals will welcome students on the first day of school on Thursday, August 15.