Dr. Lisa West

Phone: 847-984-8800


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Dr. Lisa West

Hello and Welcome to the “Principal’s Page!” 

I am Dr. Lisa West and I am the proud principal of Woodland Elementary East.  I am extremely honored to be a part of the Elementary East team, and I enjoy working closely with students, staff, and families of District 50.  Everyday is a wonderful day to be a wildcat in Woodland!

I’d like to take some time to share a little information about myself.  I grew up in Iowa with my two older brothers and sister.  As a child, I loved reading and thought that I would grow up to be an author or maybe an actor because I loved going to the movies.  Then, I met Mrs. Steiert, my fourth grade teacher, and I knew I wanted to be just like her.  In college, I discovered my love for young children and I decided I would be an elementary school teacher.  This love for learning led me to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. I love learning!

I began my teaching career in Houston, Texas where I taught kindergarten through fifth grade.  While in Houston, I had the wonderful opportunity to become an instructional specialist, trainer of trainer for literacy, and a national trainer for Teachers’ Curriculum Institute.  These opportunities instilled in me the love I now have for teaching adults as well as children.   After time spent in Texas, I decided to return home to the Midwest where I joined Glencoe District 35.  During my tenure there, I taught both fifth and sixth grades before beginning my administrative career in Woodland District 50. 

I live in Wauconda, IL with my husband and two Labrador retrievers, Milo and Murray.  After spending ten years in Chicago, it is nice to have a garage for my car and a nice backyard!  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, watching football, reality television, and enjoying my favorite snack of chips and salsa which I always have readily available to share. 

I am honored to be the principal at Woodland Elementary East, and I look forward to the fun, exciting learning experiences yet to come!  My door is always open, no appointment necessary.  Stop by and say hello when you can.  I look forward to working together as we foster our students’ love for learning!