Hello Van Buren Families!
I am honored to be a part of such an amazing community of professionals, families and learners! Our 5-star rating, with learner achievement and learner growth far above the state average supports our personalized, engaged learning journey. Van Buren learners leave here with the life skills, confidence, and motivation to take risks, advocate for themselves, problem solve, and always give 100% effort to be their very best.
This is my 26th year working in education for the School District of Janesville and my 11th year as the Principal of Van Buren. I believe when children feel safe and supported, they will achieve greatness. At Van Buren, we focus on building relationships by getting to know each and every child that walks through our doors. By finding what learners are interested in and what motivates them, helping them to recognize how they learn best, and allowing them voice and choice in their learning, our learners feel a part of the process.
I grew up in the state line area, graduated from Hononegah High School, received my bachelor's degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, and completed my master's degree in Educational Administration from UW-Madison.
My family resides in Janesville. I have 3 amazing children; Baleigh, who attends St. Norbert College, Sydney, a senior at Parker High School, and Jaxon, a sophomore at Parker. And, I can’t forget my spunky chocolate lab, Ruby! As a family, we enjoy sports, movies, boating, swimming and vacationing on the ocean.
As we navigate through the school year at Van Buren together, I’m energized watching learners excited to come to school and celebrate as they reach their goals! I’m fortunate to work with families that are a part of our team, helping their child grow and be successful. I look forward to supporting our VB team as we continue to engage learners, grow leaders, and create community!
Thank you for the gift of working with your child. We hope you enjoy our webpage and visit Van Buren often.
GO EAGLES!! Sincerely, Stephanie Edwards, Principal