Principal's Message

Mr. Ketcham     

Dear NJHS Families and Community:


Welcome to Northlawn Junior High, Home of the Panthers!  My name is Bob Ketcham and it is my honor and privilege to serve as Principal of NJHS.  Allow me to introduce myself.  I am originally from LaHarpe, but my family and I have spent the last 15 years living in Peoria.  I graduated from WIU in the spring of 1990 and received my masters in Education Administration from ISU in 2001.  I am a veteran educator with 11 years of experience as a Junior High Principal.


As a principal and educator, I have high expectations for our students.  In the classroom, on the court or field of play, and in the community, I encourage a positive attitude, best effort and a sense of personal responsibility among our students.  I want them to be enthusiastic, confident, and inquisitive learners.  To promote student success, I believe in partnering with families to enhance our goal of providing a high quality learning experience.  


At NJHS motivating and empowering our students to reach their highest potential is paramount!  We have high expectations for our students.  Providing them with a rigorous and differentiated education that prepares them for the 21st century is a collaborative effort.  Our staff seeks to engage with families to foster a safe, efficient, engaging, and welcoming learning community for our students. 


Welcome to Panther Nation! I look forward to serving as your Principal as we work together to establish a high quality learning experience for every student.


Bob Ketcham

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