Jana Ream

Jana Ream


Ms. jana ream

For the past 14 years, I have had the honor of serving the students and families of West Aurora School District. I began my career in West Aurora as the School Psychologist at Herget Middle School. Afterwards I transitioned into a special education coordinator position, which allowed me the opportunity to work with students throughout the district. I have also acted as an Assistant Principal at both Schneider Elementary and Nicholson Elementary.

I hold a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Psychology Major from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I also earned a Specialist in School Psychology Degree from Illinois State University. After beginning my career in education I sought my Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.

This will be my third year as Principal of Freeman Elementary School. It is a privilege to work alongside staff members who are dedicated to supporting the social, emotional, and academic development of all our students. At Freeman we teach our students to have a “Mustang Mindset” in which they think deeply, are curious, kind, and resilient. Through collaboration with families, I believe we can provide an environment which allows all of our students to reach their highest potential.

In addition to working here, I also live in this community with my husband and three children. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching my children participate in activities they love, and traveling together as a family.

Melissa Righter

Melissa Righter

Assistant Principal

Ms. melissa righter

My name is Melissa Righter and it is my pleasure to continue to serve as Freeman’s Assistant Principal. I joined the West Aurora and Freeman community at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. 

My educational career started in Cicero as an Art educator and I began my administrative career in 2013 with experiences at the elementary and junior high level as an Assistant Principal. 
I believe in the importance of building strong relationships and connections; supporting the whole child to grow into life-long learners, and reinvigorating/embracing the joy of learning.
In my spare time, I enjoy doing creative projects like candle making and painting, staying active by cycling and running, and spending time with my daughter, Ella.

I look forward to this upcoming year and continuing to support the Freeman community.