Welcome Back Momence Family!
Hello and welcome back to the 2020-2021 School year! As we embark on this journey together, I want to let you all know we are here to work with you. This year will be different from any other year that any of us has encountered in education. With our remote learning, different schedule, and strange times, I want to assure you that we are here to help your child succeed to the best of our abilities. I am looking forward to working with all of you as the principal of Momence Junior High School. A little bit about myself: I began my teaching career at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn teaching 7th-grade computers. After a year there, I moved to Kotzebue, Alaska to teach social sciences to the Native Alaskans in the bush. I taught in Alaska for 4 years and in my 5th year up there I was asked by my superintendent to open and principal a small school of 50 students in Kobuk, Alaska. I did that for a year until family concerns moved me back to the Chicago land area. Upon my return, I took a position teaching 8th-grade history at Richland School in Crest Hill. Throughout my 8 years of teaching, I have been a varsity basketball coach, a middle school basketball coach, a football coach, a bowling coach, a golf coach, and a student government and council sponsor. I spent the last four years as the associate principal and principal here in Momence and look forward to new opportunities and new challenges.
As your Principal, I am looking forward to a positive, student-centered, data-driven, environment. If you have any questions or concerns, please stop in anytime, my door is always open.
I am extremely pleased to be here, and I am excited to grow, learn, work, engage, and teach with all of you here at Momence Junior High.
Mr. Jack Richards