Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Danielle Summers, Principal

Phone: (815) 232-0500



Ms. Danielle Summers began her career in Mattoon, Illinois as a middle school language arts teacher in 1994.  She spent many years as a coach of volleyball, track and cheerleading and taught a few years of physical and health education. Family brought her to Freeport in 1999, where she taught language arts at the Freeport Middle School until 2005. In 2005, Ms. Summers became the district administrative intern at the School Board Office working as an administrator with the Sleezer Youth Home and the ESL program. In 2007, Ms. Summers continued her administrative work as the principal of Center Elementary School.  In 2020, Ms. Summers became the principal of the Freeport Middle School.

Danielle graduated from Western Illinois University with a Secondary English Education degree and a Physical Education minor and completed her Master’s of Administration degree in 2005 from National Louis University.  

In October, 2013, Ms. Summers received an Illinois School Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Principal Award of Recognition.  She was nominated by her staff in April 2012.
Danielle enjoys traveling, spending time with family and spoiling her niece, two nephews and dachshund, Poppy.

Work Information

Ms. Summers is responsible for providing instructional leadership and supervision of Freeport Middle School. This includes managing and promoting the educational development of each student and ensuring that all policies and procedures set forth by the Freeport Board of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education are followed accordingly.



Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure that every child is prepared academically and socially for the world of today and tomorrow
  • Monitor and supervise the use of Freeport Middle School’s strategic and school improvement plans
  • Align curriculum and instruction to the Common Core Standards
  • Promote a safe and stimulating learning environment through the use of Second Step, PBIS and the enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct
  • Develop and maintain professional decision making bodies to enhance student achievement
  • Seek input from stakeholders regularly including staff, students, parents and the Freeport community
  • Set high expectations for staff and students to produce their best efforts everyday
  • Foster content team structures to allow staff to work together to increase student learning performance and foster a collaborative culture of learning
  • Use multiple data sources as diagnostic tools to assess, identify & apply instructional improvement to successfully attain AYP and improve student learning
  • Use data from several sources to continually analyze success, think about improvements, plan for the future, create beneficial changes, and celebrate successes
  • Increase parental participation