Ms. jana ream
My name is Jana Ream and I am excited to serve as Principal of Freeman Elementary! This will be my 13th year as an employee of West Aurora School District. Previously, I served as an Assistant Principal at Nicholson and Schneider Elementary Schools, Private Placement Coordinator, and School Psychologist at Herget Middle School. I strongly believe in the bidirectional influences between academic and social-emotional well being of students. I am proud to be part of a district that supports the individual needs of all students.
My husband, Josh, and I live within the West Aurora community. We have three children who enjoy a variety of sports, swimming, and nature walks.
This year the Freeman community will continue on the path of embracing the curiosity, complexity, and joy of learning. I look forward to working with the staff at Freeman to cultivate these attitudes and skills within our students.
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.