I originally come from Pekin, Il., but also lived for a time in Pinckneyville, Il. Immediately after high school I joined the Navy where I served on the USS Haleakala for four years. After the Navy I returned to central Illinois and worked at Archer Daniels Midland in Peoria. Through a friend at ADM I met a girl named Elli Hohulin who became Elli Berardi in 1988. We have two children, Maria and Louis.
After Elli and I were married I decided to leave ADM and enter college to pursue a career in education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from ISU with a degree in Special Education. I taught in Peoria District 150 for two years and then at Morton High School for ten years. While teaching in Morton, I earned a Master's Degree in Special Education and in School Administration from ISU. I also hold a certificate for Director of Special Education.
I began my administrative career as Assistant Principal at Eureka Middle School. I have served as Principal of Goodfield Elementary School and Congerville Elementary School since 2008. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve students, parents, and staff of Goodfield and Congerville.