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Emily Pavia - Principal

Welcome to Independence Elementary! My name is Emily Pavia and I have the honor of serving students, families and the community of Independence Elementary as the building Principal. This is my 17th year in the Principal role at Independence. Prior to that, I was the Assistant Principal at Castlio and the Administrative Intern at Central Elementary in the Francis Howell School District. Prior to that, I spent several years in the classroom teaching in grades 4, 5 and 6 in both Phoenix and Missouri.  I received my Bachelor’s from Eastern Illinois University, my Master’s from Lindenwood University and my Specialist in Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University. I am mom to two kiddos who are now both in college.  Both of my children attended Independence Elementary as students!  At Independence, we believe in supporting the whole child and developing a strong sense of belonging.  We love to empower students to have a voice in their growth and education.


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Jana Schultz - Assistant Principal

Welcome to Independence!  My name is Jana Schultz, and I am honored to be serving my 14th year in the role of Assistant Principal at Independence Elementary. Prior to working at Independence, I was a teacher in Francis Howell, Ferguson-Florissant, and in Decatur, Il. Most of my teaching experience was in 3rd or 4th grade. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University, my Master’s degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis, and my Specialist in Educational Leadership from Missouri Baptist. I love the supportive school community at Independence, and look forward to continuing to be a part of it so that I can help our students be successful socially, emotionally, and academically.


Sara Ostmann - Assistant Principal

Hello! My name is Sara Ostmann, and I am the Assistant Principal at Independence Elementary. I began my student teaching at Independence 17 years ago and have been here ever since! I taught SPED resource and grades 2, 4 and 5. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s from Lindenwood University (Go Lions!). In my free time, I love spending time with family and working out. I am excited and proud to be a part of the Independence community!