Lori Brandes Principal

Lori Brandes, Principal

Lori Brandes, Principal



Principal Lori Brandes got her start in U-46 27 years ago and she is now in her eighth year as principal of Washington Elementary School. Her first job was as a kindergarten teacher. Half her day was spent at Sheridan Elementary School and the other half at Coleman. Since then she has been both a teacher and a reading coach at Hanover Countryside, a reading coach at Harriet Gifford Elementary School and a principal at Wayne Elementary School.

Principal Brandes is an Elgin resident. She was born in the city and is a proud product of U-46, having graduated from Sheridan Elementary School, Larsen Middle School and Elgin High School. She went on to get her undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and her master’s from National Louis University.

Principal Brandes is married with two awesome children.  Mrs. Brandes' daughter is in the Gifted Academy at Elgin High School while her son attends Ohio State.

She can be reached at loriannbrandes@u-46.org.