Dr. Michael Karner currently serves as the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Lake County, IL which oversees 45 public schools, 27 private schools, 3 special education cooperatives, and 2 charter school districts. Dr. Karner also serves on the ISBE Equity and Committee and PRP Panel. As Regional Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karner has offered new supports for districts in the areas of alternative to suspension, professional development, truancy, and the Illinois Virtual Schools & Academy. Dr. Karner previously served as the Principal for the Lake County Regional Safe School Program. Prior to that, Dr. Karner was an Assistant Principal in Zion District 6 and a Mathematics, Spanish and ELL teacher at Zion Benton District 126. Michael received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University, Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University, and his Bachelor’s Degree from Lake Forest College.