Aaron Lock - Principal

My name is Aaron Lock. I am excited to be the Principal at Carl Sandburg Elementary School. It is truly a wonderful school!

I live here in Charleston with my family. My wife is a Registered Nurse and our two children attend Charleston Schools.

I grew up in Altamont. Before moving to Charleston in 2017, I taught and coached in the Salem and Altamont districts. I attended Lake Land College earning my Associate’s degree in 2007. I earned my Bachelors from Eastern Illinois University in 2009. I completed my Masters in Educational Leadership from EIU in 2014. I like to stay active and enjoy being outdoors. I am passionate about education and believe that it is a vital component to a productive society. I look forward to working with you to help ensure the success of your child.

I would like to welcome you here to our outstanding school and remind you that we
are here to serve our students and their families. If you ever have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to contact me by phone (217-639-4000) or email. You can also call the office to set up an appointment to visit with me.

Patti Murphy - Assistant Principal

My name is Patti Murphy. I am the Assistant Principal at Carl Sandburg.

I grew up in Cumberland County. I moved to Charleston in 1988, where we raised three sons who all attended the Charleston schools. I still live in Charleston with my husband and pets. I enjoy traveling to visit my sons and their families and hope to visit all 50 states someday.

I attended EIU and University of Illinois Springfield, where I majored in Elementary Education and Psychology. I received my Master's Degree from EIU in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement and in Administration. I have taught a variety of subjects and grades in the district. I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades duirng my time as a Charleston teacher. I also served as the Jefferson Media Specialist for one year.

I am an avid reader and love being outside. My favorite treat is chocolate! I really enjoy watching our students grow and progress during the year and throughout their years here. I love when I get a chance to be a part of that growth.