Romona Staff Directory


Cindy Anderson



Mrs. Anderson is in her seventh year as the principal at Romona Elementary School. She has worked in District 39 for 20 years and has been in education for a total of 22 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 13 and going into eighth grade and Lyla is nine and going into fourth grade. In her free time, Mrs. Anderson loves building legos and playing soccer with her kids, cheering on Michigan football, and reading her favorite books, the Harry Potter series.

Assistant Principal

Lisa Anderson



Mrs. Anderson is excited to begin her second year as the full-time assistant principal at Romona Elementary School. Prior to working in District 39, she worked for two years in Deerfield District 109 as an assistant principal for student services at Kipling Elementary School. Before entering into administration, Mrs. Anderson served 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!

Mrs. Anderson has a wonderful husband, Jeremy, and two amazing kids, Joshua who is 9 years old (fourth grade) and Caroline who is seven years old (second grade). Together they enjoy outdoor activities, such as biking and basketball, working on home improvement projects, and spending time with their new puppy. It is a busy, but wonderful, time of life!

Early Childhood Coordinator

Debra Yasutake



Ms. Yasutake is excited to be joining the Romona team and getting to know the students, staff and community. 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.