Lisa Cardenas Principal

Lisa Cardenas, Principal

Hello Sycamore Trails Families,


My name is Lisa Cardenas and this my third year as principal of Sycamore Trails.  I am very excited for this school year to begin. Sycamore Trails is a wonderful place to learn, teach and be!


I have a Bachelor's degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Concordia University. 


I have been employed with School District U-46 since 2006, before becoming principal of Sycamore Trails, I participated in the Administrative Internship program for two years one of those was here at Sycamore Trails and the other year was  at Lincoln Elementary.  In these roles, I worked directly alongside the Principals, working together to complete all responsibilities and duties.  Before that, I was a 4th Grade Bilingual teacher at Laurel Hill Elementary School and a 3rd Grade Bilingual Teacher at Ontarioville Elementary School.


My husband, Luis, and I recently celebrated our8th wedding anniversary and we have 3 children.  Christian and Sophia are both 7 and are going to First Grade.  Julian is 5 and he will be entering his second year in preschool. 


I am excited to get to know you and work with each and every one of you.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at (630)213-5641 or email at