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Sherrard Junior/ Senior High School  (District 1)  - Vacancy for Spring of 2024, 3rd Position at Sherrard Junior/Senior High School
Status: Open


Sherrard Junior/Senior High School, located at Sherrard in southern Rock Island County, Section 3, has a full-time opening for second semester of the 2023-24 school year for a shared junior/senior high Agricultural Education teacher (though it should be noted that if a qualified candidate is not found, the position will be filled with a long-term substitute for 23-24 and a permanent hiring will occur for the 2024-25 school year). We currently have two full-time Ag Ed teachers at the high school and would like to expand to the junior high school. 

Spanning 182 square miles, Sherrard School District serves the educational needs of Rock Islandand Mercer Counties in the northwestern part of Illinois. Currently, the district consists of fiveschools, two elementary schools, one middle school, and a combined junior high and highschool. The student body population is made up of 89% White, 6% Hispanic, 3% two or more races, 1% Asian, and 1% Black. 

Sherrard High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school enrolling 454 students in grades 9–12. Sherrard Junior High School consists of two grades, seventh and eighth, and has an enrollment of 210 students. 

In addition to a new 2400 square foot state of the art greenhouse, the Sherrard High School agriculture program has recently earned many distinguishing honors, including the State Champion Horse Judging team, State Runner-up in the Farm Bureau's "Harvest For all" competition (last year we donated just over 2.6 tons of produce), 1st place Section 3 Greenhand (1st year members) Vet Science team, The welding team placed 1st in the Blackhawk weldingcontest, the Ag Mechanics team won 1st at the Section FFA contest, and placed 5th in the StateFFA contest, in addition to multiple other local and regional awards.

The courses to be taught will include a seventh grade and an eighth grade introductory class within the elective rotation, Ag Communications (introductory high school level ag course), and Ag Construction. The remaining courses will be developed based on the experiences and interests of the successful candidate. 


Current and valid Illinois Professional Educators License (PEL) or Career and Technical Educator License with Stipulations (ELS); 7-12 certification preferred. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary (BS/BA + 0 = $41,200) and benefits per the collective bargaining agreement (currently in year three of a three year contract). The district currently offers a 12-month extended contract as the school district participates in the Three Circles FFA and SAE grant, which pays an additional base of $13,637. 

In the current collective bargaining agreement, the district offers a tuition reimbursement of $1000 per year for approved graduate coursework as well as a $3000 bonus for certified employees.

The district also offers a tuition waiver for out-of-district children of staff members. 

Additional Notes

Opportunities may also be available to serve as a coach, sponsor, etc. 

Contact Person

How to Apply

Email the following information to Principal Tim Wernentin ( a letter of interest, resume, copy of Illinois teaching license, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Additionally, please complete an online application at

Naperville Central  (District 2)  - Adjunct Instructor: Animal Science
Status: Open
Naperville Central has a .4 AG opening for next year to teach one Companion Animal Science class in the Fall and 3 sections in the Spring. 
Candidate should have a PEL or ELS licensure in Ag, Food, & Natural Resources.
Contact Person
Questions may be directed to Dr. Lynn Andrees, CTE Department Chair by email
Apply online

Minooka  (District 2)  - Agriculture Teacher & FFA Advisor
Status: Open
Minooka High School is seeking an agriculture teacher & FFA Advisor for the current school year- beginning as soon as possible.
Current courses being taught include animal science and floral design.
Contact Person
Apply online.

Decatur Eisenhower  (District 4)  - Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Immediate Vacancy- Decatur Eisenhower Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor


The Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy ( seeks an Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor to join the current Andreas Ag Academy staff comprised of Becca Merrill, Delia Jackson, Scott Davidson, and Clayton Thomas. The successful applicant will take up teaching duties at Eisenhower High School in August 2023. This new position will join an agriculture teaching team managing three sites – one teacher at each high school, and three at the new FFA Agriculture Education Center; this team works cooperatively to advise two Andreas Academy FFA Chapters. Students from Eisenhower and MacArthur High Schools jointly operate horticulture and livestock activities. 


For the 2023-2024 academic year, the Andreas Academy will transition most instruction to the $11 million FFA Agriculture Education Center. The facility is under construction and slated for completion in Spring 2023. This facility and adjoining production acreage will house Andreas Academy courses and serve as a host site for regional and state chapters to meet for special events. Responsibilities for this posted include teaching Introduction to Agriculture and Ag Biology. These are our most pivotal courses for new Academy students before transitioning to the new center. The Academy is now offering17 separate courses for older students, with several thematic pathways available in Power and Structural Systems, Animal Science, Plant Science, Natural Resources, Agribusiness and Leadership, and Food Science. 


Created through partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation – – the Andreas Academy has grown to 465 students in its fifth year of operation. Its objective is to engage non-traditional students in exploring careers in Agriculture. 100% of the students are FFA members, with a focus on encouraging creative SAE immersions. More than 80 area businesses, such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), media outlets, family farms and community partners operate as an advisory panel in support of the program. The Academy continues to strengthen ties with the four major universities in Illinois that provide agriculture education to create strategic connections with other collegiate agricultural programs.


An important component of Andreas Academy activities is managing a 15-acre Living Science Farm ( to host instructional enrichment activities for animal science, agriculture test and production plots, student-run entrepreneurship, and related hands-on learning experiences.

The successful applicant may have a special interest in one or more focus areas but must demonstrate proficiency in facilitating classwork for each pathway. Instructors utilize both CASE curriculum and other online-focused resources to deliver content. The Academy covers costs for CASE training and other relevant professional development opportunities. This position offers a competitive salary/benefits package, including significant additional compensation through the Three Circle Grant.  To apply for the position click here.


Contact Person

Zach Shields
Executive Director – Decatur Public Schools Foundation

(217) 362-3042 (office)

(217) 853-4722 (cell)


Warrensburg Latham  (District 4)  - Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Immediate Vacancy- Warrensburg Latham Ag Teacher & FFA Advisor

Warrensburg-Latham School District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Agriculture/FFA Teacher at the middle and high school for the 2023-2024 school year. Candidates need to have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License. We are looking for a candidate who has expertise and experience in Agriculture at the middle or secondary level as well as experience with FFA. Please see more details within the job description.  Warrensburg Latham participates in the 3 Circle Grant Program.

To apply submit the following:

-Completed certified job application

-Letter of interest


-Copies of valid Illinois License(s)

-Credentials to include at least three references with current contact information


Send all of the information to:

Warrensburg-Latham School District
427 W. North St.
Warrensburg, IL 62573
Attn: Allison Nolen, Principal

Contact Person
Allison Nolen, Principal

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