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East Aurora mourns loss of O’Donnell Elementary teacher Kandi Ream

Updated: October 3, 2013 6:14AM

Students and teachers at O’Donnell Elementary School mourned the loss of teacher Kandi Ream on Friday.

Ream, 61, died Friday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ream was hoping to start the school year but was unable to due to her health, according to a press release from the East Aurora School District. Last year, Ream was a kindergarten teacher at O’Donnell, and she has previously worked at school as a third-grade teacher.

“She’s been an integral part of our school community,” said O’Donnell Principal Ed Brouch.

Prior to joining the O’Donnell staff, Ream worked as a teacher’s assistant and served as president of the PTA. She returned to school to earn her teaching degree, and Brouch hired her as a certified teacher 14 years ago.

Last school year, Ream was East Aurora School District’s nominee for Kane County Teacher of the Year.

Brouch said Ream’s classrooms were always filled with books.

“Reading was her passion,” Brouch said. “Every time you were in her room, she was reading to one of her kids.”

Brouch also praised Ream’s ability to identify what a student was struggling with and get the student help.

“She could tell what a child needed,” he said.

Ream is survived by her husband, Bob; three adult children, Chris, Pat and Katie; and two grandchildren. Brouch said the family is extremely grateful for the meals, care and outpouring of love that have come from the East Aurora staff.

Ream was also a vice president of the Oswego Public Library District Board of Trustees.

Students and staff were notified Friday morning. Grief counselors were also present at the school. A letter was sent home with students Friday afternoon. Services are pending.

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