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Meet the Principal

Headshot of Lincoln Principal Kirsten Garrigan

Hello all, I am Kirsten Garrigan, principal of Lincoln Middle school. I am excited to lead this unique and historical building.

I have been immersed in education all of life. My father spent his entire career teaching middle school for RPS 205 and my mother ended her career with RPS 205, as well.

I began my educational career in 2004, teaching visual arts at Jean McNair Elementary school in Winnebago, IL. After teaching art for nine years I joined RPS 205 at West Middle School, working in the CAPA program switching my teaching skills to reading and writing.  As much as I loved my time in CAPA, in January of 2016 I was lucky enough to become a part of the Lincoln Logger team as the 8th Grade Assistant Principal.

After three and a half years as assistant principal, I jumped at the opportunity to switched roles to not only become the head principal at Lincoln, but the very first female head principal. 

It’s almost as if I was destined to be a part of RPS 205 and Lincoln Middle School. I was born at Lincoln’s next-door neighbor, Swedish American Hospital, where I lived just a few blocks away from Lincoln on 13th street in the upper apartment of a house my grandfather owned. My great grandmother once owned a Swedish bakery over in the Midtown district on 7th Street, my father completed his student teaching at Lincoln Middle School and my grandfather also sold land to RPS 205 to build Nashold school. All these life events have brought me full circle back to my very beginning and now I am truly blessed to be the leader of "RPS’s best kept secret," Lincoln Middle School.

You may have heard the slogan, “Once a Logger, Always a Logger.” This statement could not be more true! The history and nostalgia surrounding this building is untouched. When people decide to join Lincoln, they stay at Lincoln. This is one of the reasons we have the absolute best staff and students around!

My favorite part of being the principal of Lincoln Middle school, is all the wonderful people I encounter every day. Our diverse student population speaks over 25 different language and brings a unique set of life experiences and backgrounds into our school, which makes Lincoln culturally rich. This diversity creates an exciting and invigorating culture with our school.

I believe that as our students and staff are our greatest asset, creating a collaborative school environment is the key to creating successful teachers and students. We all work to build and strengthen partnerships with our parents and our community partners and this teamwork is essential to educating and enriching the experience for our students at Lincoln Middle School.

Kirsten Garrigan  |