Two new assistant principals appointed

Posted May 19th, 2016 by Terri McHugh

The District 54 School Board appointed Breann Cooper as the assistant principal of Armstrong Elementary School and Bella Elsawaf as the assistant principal of Link and Nerge elementary schools during its meeting on May 19.

Cooper, Breann


Breann has worked for School District 54 since 2010. She taught math and science to students in sixth through eighth grade at Lincoln Prairie School, and also was a fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher at Lincoln Prairie before becoming a math instructional coach in 2015.

“I myself am a product of District 54 and I always wanted to come back to the district,” she said. “I am beyond excited to start this new journey at Neil Armstrong. I want to thank you for all trusting in me and believing in me.”

Breann has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Loyola University and two master’s degrees from Concordia University.

Elsawaf, Bella


Bella began teaching in District 54 at Churchill Elementary School in 2003. For the past two years she has served as an instructional mentor for new teachers in the district.

“To all the students, families, teachers, administrators, coaches and mentors I’ve worked with, I have had the privilege of learning and growing with you,” she said. “With all that I’ve learned, I’m looking forward to supporting the students and staff at Link and Nerge next year.”

Bella has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from National Louis University.

Both will begin their new positions on July 1.