Welcome Back Momence Family!
Hello and welcome back to the 2019-2020 School year! I am looking forward to working with all of you as the principal of Momence Junior High School. 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 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, golf coach, and student government and council sponsor. I spent the last three years as the associate principal here in Momence and look forward to new opportunities and new challenges.
As the Principal here, 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