Phone: 630-636-2710

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Mrs. Melinda Renier

Principal

I am honored to partner with our Traughber families and students as principal of our school. My first job in teaching was at the junior high level, where I worked for my first 10 years in education as a teacher and later as an assistant principal. I was a department leader, coach, and Athletic Director.  I then served as an elementary principal in both Indiana and here in SD308 at Homestead for 16 years. I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. I have experienced over the years that there are many pathways to success and I look forward to helping our students find the path that works best for each of them. 

Phone: 630.636.2711

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Mr. Chris Ferko

Assistant Principal

I have worked for the past twenty-four years in education as a junior high and high school teacher, coach, assistant athletic director, and dean of students.  I am very excited about beginning this next chapter of my professional career as assistant principal at Traughber Junior High School. I received my bachelor's degree from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and my master's degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Phone: 630.636.2712

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Mr. Kenneth Spranger

Assistant Principal

I started my educational career in 2006 as an elementary physical education teacher, after which I moved to the middle school level, where I taught physical education and coached for six years.  In 2013, I held an assistant principal role at Whispering Wind Academy until 2015.  From 2015-2019, I served as the principal of North Ranch Elementary.   Prior to SD 308, I served as the building principal at Wells Elementary School. I have my Bachelor of Arts (Physical Education) from Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois; Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology), from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Arizona; and M.Ed. Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.

I am excited to work with the Traughber leadership team, staff, students, and families to continue the rich tradition of excellence and to work closely in providing an engaging and memorable educational experience.