Our educators have made the transition from “certificates” to “licenses”; the GED has become completely computer-based; the Illinois Licensure Testing System has integrated more computer-based tests; new professional development requirements are in place for Illinois educators and administrators.
Some school districts have also welcomed new administrators.
The Riverton School District welcomes Lance Thurman as the new Superintendent. Lance is a former high school principal from the Olympia School District near Bloomington.
Springfield District #186 welcomes Jennifer Gill as the new Superintendent. Jennifer was most recently the Director of Teaching and Learning in McLean County Unit 5 School District. Before that, she worked as an elementary teacher, principal, and Coordinator of Learning Support for kindergarten through high school for District #186.
The Pleasant Plains School District welcomes Matt Runge as the new Superintendent. Matt is the former superintendent of Warsaw Community Unit School District #316.
The Tri City School District welcomes home Jill Larson as the new Superintendent. Jill is a former principal and assistant superintendent at Ball-Chatham. She is also a graduate of Tri City CUSD #1.
The Capital Area Career Center welcomes Jodi Ferriell as Director. Jodi is the former director the Decatur area’s Heartland Technical Academy.
Sangamon Area Special Education cooperative welcomes Michelle Curran as the new director. Michelle has been with SASED since 1983 as a speech-language pathologist, speech supervisor, special education administrator and, most recently, Assistant Director.
The Sangamon County ROE welcomes the new administrators and looks forward to working with you!
Public Act 98-610 became effective December 27, 2013. This public act changed some of the requirements for renewing the Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field, or in a school support personnel or administrative area.
- Educators who had a license that expired June 30, 2014 must enter and submit professional development through the ELIS and renew/register the license by August 31, 2014. Any educator who does not complete these requirements will have a lapsed license and not be allowed in the classroom on September 1, 2014. The lapsed license will require a payment of a $500 penalty, entering completed professional into ELIS before the license will be reinstated and being allowed back into the classroom.
- Credit for all professional development activities completed on or before June 30, 2014 must be entered into ELIS by December 31, 2014.
- Credit for all professional development activities earned after July 1, 2014 must be entered within 60 days of completing the activity.