Meet the Principal
Johnson School, Bensenville
For the rest of the school year, we'll feature an occasional series in the Neighbor section introducing readers to the men and women who sit in the corner offices of schools across DuPage County. Beyond learning why they entered education, you'll find personal details, such as whether they head to the North or South Side for a baseball game. We hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as we have.
- Catherine Edman
Joy Higgins, principal, Johnson School, Bensenville, Bensenville Elementary District 2
Age: Old enough to realize what I want to accomplish and still young enough to accomplish it.
Family: John, my husband; daughters Jessica and Justine; three grandchildren Jordan, Joshua and Jenna.
Grew up in: Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Germany and New Mexico.
Your ultimate pet? My two cats, Louis and Armand.
What's your education philosophy in one sentence? We do what's best for boys and girls.
Personal hero: My father, the late Rev. George Allen Packard.
How did you wind up in education? I wanted to make a difference in the world. And helping students learn is a way to make a real impact on the future. …