Regional Office of Education - Leslie Schermerhorn, Regional Superintendent of Schools
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Leslie SchermerhornWelcome to McHenry County Regional Office of Education. Our mission is to serve the students, teachers and families of McHenry County to ensure ALL children have access to a World Class education.

We at the Regional Office of Education are proud of our work and look forward to the continuing challenge of professional performance. I personally welcome your comments and suggestions on the format and contents of this resource. I hope you find it both informational and useful.



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License Renewal runs from April 1 through June 30 of the year you are to renew. Check the State Board's website for additional information   If you are up for renewal in 2017 the Regional Office of Education suggests that you DO NOT wait until June.  In our experience when there is a high volume of traffic on the website it can be quite difficult to complete your transaction.

To complete this process, log into your ELIS account and on your ELIS homepage click on Renewal located in the Action Center Box.  Registration fees must be paid by credit or debit card.

New Legislation Regarding Retired Educators
Through December 31, 2017: Any licensee who has retired, and whose license has lapsed for failure to renew, may reinstate that license without penalty by providing proof of retirement from a state retirement system to the State Board of Education through December 31, 2017. Individuals must submit a copy of a letter from a state retirement system (on official agency letterhead) confirming the individual’s retirement. The licensee’s name, IEIN, and date of birth must be included with the letter. Upon verification that the licensee is not working in a position requiring a professional educator license, the educator’s license will be reinstated. 
The verification letter will be used in lieu of a $500 penalty fee or 9 semester hours of coursework. Educators will not need to input any owed PD, and will not need to pay back or forward registration fees.
Letters may be emailed to or mailed to the Illinois State Board of Education at Educator Effectiveness Division, 100 North First Street, Springfield, IL, 62777.
Beginning January 1, 2018, retired educators who licenses lapse for failure to change their PD/employment status to retired and/or record their required professional development hours by August 31 of the renewal cycle in which they retire may reinstate their licenses by completing and recording all outstanding professional development requirements, paying all back registration fees (if applicable), and meeting the reinstatement requirements in place at the time of reinstatement.








  • MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY      9:00 am - 11:00 am and 2:00 PM  - 4:00 PM
  • FRIDAY MORNING   9:00 am - 11:00 am


Please note:  Substitute teachers are required to pay a $50.00 fee, cash only. 



The mission of the Regional Office of Education #44 is to engage youth across McHenry County in schools and educational programs that promote regular student attendance, secure the benefits of best practice professional development, ensure a safe and secure environment for student learning, and assure compliance with the regulations of the school code of Illinois representative of an excellent education essential for success in the world of work and in life.


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