Romona Staff Directory


Cindy Anderson



Mrs. Anderson is in her eighth year as the principal at Romona Elementary School. She has worked in District 39 for 21 years and has been in education for a total of 23 years. Before she came to Romona, she taught for 12 years and spent three years as the Sixth Grade Level Administrator at Highcrest. Mrs. Anderson earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, her master's degree from Northwestern, her National Board Certification in Math, and her Administrative Certificate from DePaul. While she has attended a number of universities, she is a Michigan Wolverine through and through; Go Blue!

Mrs. Anderson has two beautiful children with her husband, Jason. Owen is fourteen and going into ninth grade and Lyla is ten and going into fifth grade. In her free time, Mrs. Anderson loves playing games and soccer with her kids, cheering on Michigan football, and reading her favorite books, the Harry Potter series.

Assistant Principal

Lisa Anderson



The 2022-2023 school year will be Mrs. Lisa Anderson's third year as Romona's assistant principal. She has loved the privilege of getting to know the amazing Romona families and community. It is truly a special place to learn and work.

Prior to working in District 39, Mrs. Anderson served as an assistant principal in Deerfield District 109 for two years. Before entering into administration, she worked as a school psychologist for 13 years, with 12 of those in the Hawthorn School District. She earned her Master in School Administration from Northeastern University, her Educational Specialist degree and Masters in Psychology from Radford University, and her bachelor's degree from Calvin College. She considers herself a lifelong learner!

When not at Romona, she loves to spend time with her husband and two children (Josh-10 and Caroline-8). Together, they enjoy playing games, watching movies, and being active outside. Mrs. Anderson is looking forward to the exciting year to come!

Early Childhood Coordinator

Debra Yasutake



Ms. Yasutake is the Early Childhood Coordinator for the LEEP program and is thrilled to work with the littlest Mustangs. She loves learning and has master degrees in school psychology and educational leadership along with her director of special education certificate. Prior to working in Wilmette, she worked in Skokie, Evanston, and Des Plaines serving children with special needs. When not working, she enjoys living in Evanston, reading, traveling and doing CrossFit. Her post-pandemic goals are to continue to visit every national park in the U.S.