Romona Staff Directory


Cindy Anderson



Mrs. Anderson is in her fourth year as the principal at Romona Elementary School. She has worked in District 39 for seventeen years and has been in education for a total of nineteen years. Before she came to Romona, she taught for twelve years and spent three years as the Sixth Grade Level Administrator at Highcrest. Mrs. Anderson earned her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, her Master's from Northwestern, her National Board Certification in math, and her administrative certificate from DePaul. Although she has attended a lot of schools, she is a huge Michigan fan!

Mrs. Anderson has two beautiful children at home with her husband, Jason. Owen is ten and going into fifth grade and Lyla is six and going into first grade. In her free time, Mrs. Anderson loves building legos with her kids, cheering on Michigan football, and reading her favorite books, the Harry Potter series.

Assistant Principal

Elena Ryan



Elena Ryan is the Assistant Principal at Harper and Romona Elementary Schools. Prior to her position in D39 Elena served as a Department Chair for Fine Arts and PE for the two years in Glenview, District 34. Her teaching career was as a General Music and Choir teacher for eleven years at Attea Middle School in Glenview. In addition to being an educator, she is a consultant for Music Industry companies. Through that work she has enjoyed presenting at conferences around the country on ways to integrate innovative programs/technologies into a music classroom. Elena lives in Skokie with her husband and two kids where she enjoys cooking and chasing her boys around the yard.

Early Childhood Coordinator

Amanda Barton



Hello, my name is Amanda Barton and I am excited to join District 39 this year. For the last eight years I worked in the City of Chicago at a charter school in the Special Education Department. I grew up in rural Ohio and went to Ohio State University. I moved to Chicago eleven (11) years ago and received my master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have two young daughters and two big dogs. My husband and I love to travel and spend time outside with our family. I am looking forward to having a great year at Romona!