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    Dear Garfield Families!

    Garfield School is such a wonderful place for all of us. We offer a warm, caring and nurturing environment that lends itself to providing all students the educational program required to allow them to become contributing members of the community today and in the future.

    At Garfield School, we believe…

    • the pillars of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are important and must be taught and modeled.
    • all students, with support, need to accept responsibility for their own achievements.
    • all students can learn and succeed in different ways and through a variety of learning opportunities.
    • all students need to feel cared for and safe.
    • all students have a desire and a right to learn.
    • all students have the intrinsic potential for good.
    • all students need positive feedback.

    Our expectations are high, yet reasonable for each individual child.

    We strongly believe in the connection between home, community and school. By working together, we encourage and assist children in reaching their full potential. We realize the importance of parent support and their active participation in their child's education is essential for their school success.

    Throughout my time here in Forest Park District 91, I have had the privilege of working with an excellent faculty and staff, as well as a warm and supportive community. I am honored and thankful to be part of a school system that is always "Striving for Educational Excellence."

    Please feel free to call and arrange an appointment should you be new to the area or would like to contribute in some way to our successes.

    Ms. Mary J. Stauder


    Mary J. Stauder , Principal


    Ms. M. J. Stauder Ms. Mary J. Stauder is the principal of Garfield School.  She works with a wonderfully talented staff to provide an authentic learning experience using current and best practices as we lay the foundation in helping our students find their love for learning.  She has had the great privilege and honor of serving the Garfield School community for over 25 years. 

    Ms. Stauder arrived in Forest Park as a Second Grade student teacher assigned to the incomparable, Alice Slapinskas. During her tenure in District 91, Ms. Stauder has taught First, Second and Third grades.  She was District 91's first Technology Coordinator during the time of the Apple IIe.  Ms. Stauder spent many summers as the Director of Summer School, helping students maintain and learn new skills needed for the following school year.  As the enrollment in District 91 grew, Ms. Stauder was hired to serve as Assistant Principal for Garfield School in 2000.  When long time friend and mentor Principal John Ericksen retired, Ms. Stauder assumed the role of Principal in 2002. 
    Ms. Stauder received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University.  Shortly after beginning her work in Forest Park, she obtained a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.  Ms. Stauder has an Advanced Certificate for Educational Leadership from Concordia University.   

    In her free time, Ms. Stauder enjoys reading, traveling, music, cooking, and spending time with family, including her three wonderful sons, and friends.

    Ms. Stauder knows that early interventions are crucial to the development of children in today's ever changing world.  She worked with a variety of staff to develop the Forest Park Preschool program in 2012.  This strong program is the building block for student success in our district and beyond.    Ms. Stauder is proud of the Garfield School community and the "family-like" environment in which her students and staff learn and grow.  


  • Student Attendance Hours

    School: Garfield School

    Arrive By: 

    • K - 1 - 2: 8:15 am 
    • Early Childhood am: 8:15 am
    • Early Childhood pm: 12:00 pm 
    • Preschool am: 8:15 am 
    • Preschool pm: 12:08 pm


    All schools have 30-minute lunch periods.


    Day Ends: 

    • K - 1 - 2: 2:45 pm 
    • Early Childhood am: 11:00 am
    • Early Childhood pm: 2:45 pm 
    • Preschool am: 11:00 am 
    • Preschool pm: 2:45 pm


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