The Regional Office of Education will bring a new face to the area this year. Kyle Thompson has been appointed as the new Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools for ROE #11. Thompson, originally from Decatur, previously spent five years teaching at Windsor Jr. Sr. High School and this past school year serving as an Assistant Principal in Chester, Illinois. He is currently pursuing his Educational Specialist Degree in the Educational Leadership Department at Eastern Illinois University.
As Assistant Regional Superintendent, Thompson will assist Regional Superintendent Dr. Bobbi Mattingly in implementing state initiatives and performing the statutory duties of the office. His primary responsibilities will include conducting Health Life Safety Inspections and Compliance Visits at each of the region’s twenty-four school districts, assisting with professional development, and serving as a liaison to legislators and other state officials in Springfield. These are just a few of the many tasks he will be undertaking, all while attempting to learn the intricacies of the complex entity that is the Illinois State Board of Education. Dr. Mattingly and Thompson also lead the administration and staff of three Bridges alternative schools located in Paris, Lerna, and Shelbyville.
ROE #11 encompasses the seven county region of Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, and Shelby. It is the largest regional office in the state in terms of total land area. “We have a dedicated staff of professionals who assist our schools in meeting the needs of our students,” noted Mattingly. “We strive every day to be an invaluable asset to area school administrators, teachers, and families.”
Mattingly believes Thompson will contribute to the Regional Superintendent’s Office immediately by bringing energy and excitement to the office. She observed, “Kyle acts as if he knows everyone who walks into or calls our office; as if he has never met a stranger. Kyle is passionate about education. He is knowledgeable about current best practices and has numerous ideas that will benefit our ROE.” Thompson will also be active at the state level serving on the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents Communications and Professional Development Committees.
As the new Assistant Regional Superintendent, Thompson wants to be seen as a problem solver. His number one priority is to serve the educators of the region.
So far, Thompson likes what he sees in the office. “Everyone here demonstrates high standards which motivates me to learn quickly. I am grateful to Dr. Mattingly for putting her trust in me to be her assistant.”