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Meet Our New Assistant Principal!


On July 1, 2020, Mr. Ben Kwedar will begin serving as an Assistant Principal at Chatham Elementary School. Mr. Kwedar previously served as an AP Government and Social Science teacher at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School where he also coached softball and girls golf. Prior to that, he was a 5th and 6th Social Studies teacher at St. Thomas Grade School (Peoria Heights).


Mr. Kwedar is a 2009 graduate of Glenwood High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in Secondary Ed. from the University of Illinois in 2013, and his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago in 2020. He made the University of Illinois’ Dean’s List all four years and had a 4.0 GPA in graduate school.


About his profession, he says, “The best part is the chance to build relationships with students, colleagues, and parents while helping to inspire students to achieve their full potential.” The most challenging aspect of the profession, he says, is preparing students for an ever-changing/21st Century workforce.


He is married to Emily, and enjoys attending Fighting Illini basketball and football games, traveling, and reading.


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