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Central Elementary School principal caps 40-year career in education

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 8:51 a.m.CDT
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(Jerry Moore - jmoore@shawmedia.com)
Janice Limperis (center), principal of Central Elementary School in Riverside, confers with students Patrick Comerford and Audrey Connelly about their school projects during Steve Elgeness' fifth-grade class. Limperis is retiring next month.

RIVERSIDE – As a longtime educator, Janice Limperis said she saved the best for last.

“I call this the frosting on the cake of my career,” Limperis said, referencing her eight years as principal of Central Elementary School in Riverside.

And the cake of Limperis’ career will soon commemorate the closing of one chapter of her life and the start of another. After four decades in the field, she has decided to retire.

“After 40 years of doing something, it sounds like the right number,” Limperis said. “I felt like I wanted to retire.”

Born in Chicago, Limperis earned her undergraduate degree from National-Louis University and her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She later obtained a doctorate from Loyola University Chicago.

Limperis began her teaching career in Lake Forest. She then moved to Wisconsin and eventually became a principal. She moved to Brookfield eight years ago when she accepted the principal’s position at Central.

“Well, it’s an amazing community,” Limperis said about Central and Riverside. “The children are wonderful. Parents are supportive, and I’ve been blessed with staff that is exceptional.”

The sentiments that Limperis expressed toward her school community are mutual. Amy Jacksic, who has a son attending Central, said Limperis is beloved by other parents and the school’s staff members.

“She is outstanding. She’s the quintessential professional,” said Jacksic, who has served as co-president of the Central PTO for the past two years. “At the end of the day, she’s kind of running a business at the school, but the children always come first. … Every decision she made was for the benefit of those children.”

At its May 21 meeting, the Riverside Public School District 96 Board of Education approved the appointment of Peter Gatz as Central’s new principal.

Limperis said she will take many fond memories of her

time at Central with her into retirement. Of course, all the children she has known over the years will be foremost in her heart, she said. But she also will remember all the professionals with whom she has served while here, she said.

Limperis has plans for retirement – and one goal will depend on the efforts of a loved one.

“I definitely plan to travel and read, and I hope to become a grandparent some day,” Limperis said. “My daughter just got married, so I’m hoping that will happen soon.”

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