Meet the Staff
The Honorable Mark Jontry was elected into office in November 2008 after serving as Assistant Regional Superintendent. Mark is the immediate past president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents and currently serves as co-chair of the legislative committee. He is a Eureka College graduate and has his Master's in Education Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University. He has been in education for 25 years.
The Honorable Mark E. Jontry has served as the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Regional Office of Education # 17 since July 1, 2008. He oversees the operation of an office that serves over 40,000 PK-12 students in 30 public school districts and 15 recognized private schools. Mark accepted the appointment of Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools at ROE # 17 in June of 2004.
Mr. Jontry earned his B.A. in History Education at Eureka College in 1994 and immediately accepted his first teaching assignment at Tri-Valley Middle School. He moved to McLean County Unit District #5 in 2001 as a building administrator upon completing his M.S. in Educational Administration from Illinois State University.
In his role as Regional Superintendent, his office is responsible for overseeing the safe operation of all school buildings in the four-county region, administering an alternative school program for secondary students who are expelled, suspended or otherwise truant from their home school. The office provides school improvement and professional development services for the schools and licensed teachers and administrators as well a wide range of shared services for the schools they serve. The office is also responsible for licensing substitute teachers and administering school bus driver training, as well as tutoring for adults looking to obtain their high school equivalency certificate.
Mr. Jontry is actively involved at the state and local level, both with school policy and numerous community partnerships and initiatives. He is the immediate past president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendent of Schools and has served as co-chair of their legislative committee. He has testified on legislative initiatives and worked with advocates to promote sound education policy. His office has partnered with higher education institutions to deploy grant opportunities for teachers and administrators, as well as facilitate education and business partnerships to promote enhanced curricular opportunities for students.
Mark is a member of the Normal Rotary Club and currently serves on the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Board. He is also serving as Treasurer on the Children’s Discovery Museum Board, for which he previously served as President.