If you live in the Channahon area, you likely know Joan Ferguson. She’s been involved in education for 63 years, including as a teacher at Channahon Grade School and then as principal of N.B. Galloway School, opening the new building in 1976, and then as a Channahon School District 17 Board member.
Most recently, she worked at the University of St. Francis as its licensure officer, helping new teachers and administrators obtain their licenses.
She also was a board member of the Three Rivers Public Library for 37 years, served on the Channahon Events Council and on the Channahon Fire and Police Board and served her church – Channahon United Methodist – for years.
Ferguson recently retired or resigned from all the above, buying a house in Florida and starting a new life there with her husband Larry.
“I’ve seen it all, I guess,” Ferguson said. “I think I’ve done my share, and it’s time for me to move on and take a little retirement.”
She hasn’t had a lot of time to relax yet. Buying a new house and furnishing and decorating it took some time. Then she sold her Channahon home and auctioned off her things.
Ferguson said she’s enjoyed her time in education, especially her first job as a kindergarten teacher.
“Kindergarten was the love of my life,” she said. “I’d still be doing that if my knees allowed me to.”
The students, the teachers and the parents were all great, she said, and she’s happy she had the chance to touch their lives.
Becoming a board member was interesting, she said, because she was able to get a different view of the district.
“I think we have a really super superintendent now who is looking after all of this, and we’re really going full-blast,” she said. “I will miss that part of it, too.”
Ferguson said she’s looking forward to reading, dancing, walking on the beach and swimming in her backyard pool during her retirement.