Meet Our Staff!
Mrs. Jeri Callaway comes from a family of educators in Southern Illinois and made east central Illinois her home in 2013. Her career in education includes having taught high school theater, and public speaking. Serving as a literacy instructional coach, an area wide instructional leader for the Illinois RTI Network, and now as Director of ROE Schoolworks.
Her interests include theater, stage management, camping and spending time with her family. She has a six year old son who attends The International Prep Academy with Champaign Unit 4.
Office Manager, Danville
Jerri Waller, a life-long resident of Vermilion County, graduated from Jamaica High School in 1986. Jerri became an employee of the Vermilion County Regional Office of Education in 1989 as the certification specialist. In 1995, Mrs. Waller transferred to ROE SchoolWorks as the office manager and “office mother”.
Her responsibilities and projects include supporting the Race to the Top state coordinators, Area IV of the Illinois Response to Intervention Network, PERA Capacity Builders, Foundational Services, School Board Leadership Training, and ROE SchoolWorks’ registration system.
In addition to her contribution to education, Jerri serves as a wife, mother of her 23 year old son, and a grammy to her grand-dog, Jack-Jack. She enjoys cooking for everyone and spending time with her family at their weekend-get-away property.
Administrative Assistant, Champaign
Christina Ronquest hails from the sunny state of California. She was born and raised in San Diego, and relocated to Mahomet, IL during the summer of 2014. Prior to her joining ROE SchoolWorks, Christina worked in the finance and customer service industries. Her technology and marketing background is a tremendous asset to our team.
Mrs. Ronquest is a mother of a 9-year-old son and a newborn baby boy. They enjoy the outdoors, football, and playing with their dogs, Calvin, Bailey, and Rudi. Christina is an avid gardener and loves to travel!
Meet Our Consultants!
Mary Ellen Leonard
Mary Ellen Leonard has spent more than 35 years in the field of education and brings her skills, knowledge and compassion to her work as a PERA Trainer and Consultant. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and gifted coordinator for grades K-6. She moved on to her work as a Professional Development Consultant for ROE SchoolWorks where she was provided many opportunities to work with districts on school improvement initiatives. Mary Ellen has designed and delivered training for school districts throughout the state of Illinois on a variety of topics including school culture, brain research and its implications for quality teaching, effective instructional strategies, meeting the needs of gifted students, and mentoring. She has presented at state conferences including Illinois Association of Gifted Children, Illinois New Teacher Conference and Raising Student Achievement Conference.
Dr. Margie Jobe
Dr. Margie Jobe is a former teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. She has 34 years of public school experience with thirteen years as an adjunct professor in the Special Education Department at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana campus. As the Director of Special Education for Champaign Unit 4, she supervised all programs and services from Pre-K through young adults, and implemented best practices for students with disabilities. She was also the Student Services Director for five years with her major role in writing the district discipline code and working through legal student discipline issues. Following her retirement, she has been an independent consultant to several school districts within Illinois, the Regional Office of Education #9/#54, and the Consortium for Educational Change. She works with districts on co-teaching, evaluating student record procedures, and for the past 5 years has focused on the Danielson Framework for Teaching.
Cindy Duffy began her career in education as a Special Education teacher. Following thirteen years In the classroom she became a staff development consultant in the regional office system. She has assisted schools and given presentations in the areas of technology integration, technology planning, school improvement, assessment, mentoring & induction, and professional development. Her work through the regional office connected her with statewide, area, and local education initiatives. A life long learner, she has received training in Cognitive Coaching, Essential Facilitation, the Danielson Framework, as well as completed the National Staff Development Academy.
Nancy Clinton is a retired High School Math teacher and High School/Middle School Administrator. Throughout her career she worked closely with teachers and achieved a high level of success by helping them increase standardized test scores with their students. Under her guidance, exceptional models were created and implemented to help all students gain access to higher-level math coursework. She has worked in both large and small school districts. Helping teachers grow professionally and achieve their fullest potential has been a lifelong goal of hers.
Kevin Seymour began his career as a music teacher in 1981, following in the footsteps of his father and uncles. Opportunity and luck led him to become a professional development consultant for ESC 13 and ROE SchoolWorks. In 2003 he became director of ROE SchoolWorks where he participated on the Leadership Team for the development of the Gifted Education Seminar, coordinated eight county institutes, co-chaired the planning committee for the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative for eight years, and chaired the planning committee for the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools Connecting Conference for six years. Kevin retired in 2014 and now spends his time doing what he enjoys most…assisting educators with improvement efforts at the individual, school, and district level.
Dr. Keven Forney retired in 2012 after a career spanning 35 years in public education, including 18 years in educational leadership. He has served as a science educator, principal and superintendent. He had the opportunity to return to his last district as an interim superintendent during the 2014-15 school year. He has experience as an adjunct instructor for the School Leadership program at Olivet Nazarene University, and has presented at Administrator Academies and numerous School Board Leadership trainings. He is currently involved in the efforts to support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and in helping schools with compliance under the new legislation regarding student discipline.