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Illini Bluffs High School  (District 1)  - Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor Illini Bluffs
Status: Open

Illini Bluffs High School is located in Glasford, IL, in Section 5, is seeking Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor.


Illini Bluffs High School is looking for a student-centered individual looking to work in a supportive learning environment. This position will have access to teach in a brand new, state-of-the-art greenhouse,and recently renovated classroom, have access to all new welding and lab equipment, and serve as an FFA sponsor. Last year, Illini Bluffs started an agriculture and FFA program, and we have very high numbers of students interested. We are looking to continue to grow our program, which has the full support of our administration, community, and alumni.


Valid Illinois Professional Educator License or CTE (career and technical education) certification with proper endorsements.



Per negotiated teacher contract. The school participates in the 3 Circles Grant.

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Rockridge High School  (District 1)  - Agriculture Mechanics and Co FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Rockridge High School

Agriculture Mechanics Teacher

Rockridge High School, located in Section 4, is looking for an Agricultural Mechanics teacher for the start of the 2024-2025 school year.  The teacher will be assigned to instruct Agricultural Mechanics courses.  Specific courses include: Ag Electricity, Ag Construction, Ag Welding, Ag Mechanics and Ag Engines. Successful candidate will join two person program with Kirsten Kapraun.

The Rockridge program boasts a variety of agricultural mechanics courses.  Current facilities include 2 agricultural mechanics classrooms, a mechanics classroom, a finishing room, construction trades shop and a mechanic shop, 2 offices, updated welding booths with portable ventilation, greenhouse, aquaponics, and a land lab.

Rockridge High School is 1 to 1 with Chromebooks and utilizes Google Classroom with every class.  Each of the classrooms has projection capabilities.  Agriculture is very important to our community, and our new teacher will have tremendous support from our community.  The new teacher would join our team and work directly with our existing staff in providing agricultural mechanics experiences to our students.

Applicants must possess a valid Illinois Teaching License with appropriate endorsements in Agriculture with PEL or ELS certification with Work Base Learning.  Applicants must also pass appropriate background checks a physical examination, including a TB test.

Salary and benefits are determined based on experience and education per the collective bargaining agreement with the Rockridge Teacher’s Association.  Candidate will receive 3 Circles Grant.


Contact Person

Contact Person:

Please send letter of application, current resume, list of references and/or letters of recommendation, and copies of unofficial transcripts to Mr. Jonathan Lehtola, Vocational Director, Rockridge High School, 14110 134th Avenue West, Taylor Ridge, IL 61284.  Materials may be emailed to or faxed to 309-795-1763.


Prairie Central  (District 2)  - Ag Mechanics/Ind. Tech Teacher
Status: Open

Prairie Central High School, located in Section 9, is seeking a full- time Industrial Technology/Agriculture Education teacher for the 2024-2025 school year. Courses to be taught could include: Orientation to Industrial Technology, CAD, Construction Tools, Advanced Woods, Metals, Geometry in Construction, and Home Maintenance


Candidates must: be licensed in the state of Illinois to teach Industrial Technology or Agriculture; have the ability to work well with administration, staff, students and parents; be a positive influence on students and staff; and have strong organizational skills. 


Competitive, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prairie Central will be negotiating a new contract for next school year. The state minimum teacher salary for FY25 is $41,188. Actual salary will depend on negotiated wages taking into consideration experience and education. A sign-on bonus is available. This position will not include an FFA stipend or participate in the Three Circle Grant program. 

Prairie Central is in the midst of constructing an addition on its Ag/IT wing, providing additional support and opportunities for students and staff.

Contact Person
How To Apply: 
Provide a cover letter, resume, credentials, unofficial transcript, letters of recommendation and references to Principal Wade Czerwonka at

Contact Person: 
Wade Czerwonka, Principal 
Prairie Central High School  
411 N 7th Street  
Fairbury, IL 61739 


Hinckley-Big Rock  (District 2)  - Agriculture Teacher & Co-FFA Advisor
Status: Open
POSITION: Full-time Career and Technical Education (CTE) / Agricultural, Food, & Natural Resources (AFNR)
teacher to work in a multi-teacher program across the Hinckley-Big Rock Middle and High Schools. Will serve as
the Middle School FFA Chapter Advisor. This is a new position.

DESCRIPTION: The ideal candidate will deliver lessons where students are actively participating in challenging
tasks to develop cognitive skills through reflective thought, analysis, problem-solving, evaluation, or creativity
and where students apply core knowledge, concepts, or skills to solve real-world problems characteristic of its
discipline. The position includes the development of a middle school FFA chapter. Extended contract via the 3
Circle Grant may be available contingent on state funding.

Courses to be taught will include:
--9-week quarterly exploratory classes for 5th-8th grade students
--High School Introduction to Agriculture and Entrepreneurship with work-based Learning opportunities
--Other courses will be considered based on the candidate’s qualifications and areas of strength

-- IL Professional Educator License with a Career and Technical Education or Ag Ed endorsement

STARTING SALARY: Regionally competitive; per the HBREA collective bargaining agreement

STARTING DATE: 2024-2025 School Year

DEADLINE: When filled
Contact Person
HOW TO APPLY: Fill out an online application by going to the Employment Opportunities link on the District

Send a cover letter and resume to Megan Sheffer, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, via e-mail:

Unity-Mendon CUSD 4  (District 3)  - Agriculture/Industrial Technology Instructor & FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Unity-Mendon High School is seeking an Agriculture Education and/or Industrial Technology Instructor. 

Expertise in welding, carpentry, woodworking, engineering, and/or small engine repair and metal
fabrication. Candidates must hold Illinois Educator Licensure for Industrial Arts OR may be an individual with work experience in any of the above fields, who is willing to seek provisional certification. Superior communication and student engagement skills, a positive outlook, and the willingness to work as part of a team are essential. Unity is a 1:1 school, and knowledge and expertise in 21st-century teaching strategies are required. Salary and benefits are based on education and experience as per the teacher contract.

Learn more about our school at

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Contact Person
Please send a letter of interest, resume, certification, and letters of recommendation to Superintendent Scott Riddle, 453 West Collins, Mendon, IL 62351. Email applications are accepted at

Midwest Central  (District 3)  - Agriculture Teacher & FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Midwest Central HS, located in Manito in Section 12 is seeking an energetic high school agricultural education instructor/FFA advisor.

The successful candidate will be part of the multi-teacher program and share the responsibilities of the FFA advisor position for the 2024-2025 school year.

Courses in the Agricultural Education Department include: Into to Agriculture, Agriculture Science, Animal Science, Agriculture Communications and Leadership, Basic Agriculture Mechanics, Agriculture Metal & Fabrication, Agriculture Machinery Service, and Agriculture Construction.  Teaching assignments will be determined based on qualifications.

Salary and benefits are per the negotiated contract found online at


The 3 Circles Grant is available to applicants for extended-year contracts.  Multiple grants support a variety of efforts, purchases, and student experiences on an annual basis.  

Candidates should have a Professional Educator License with endorsement in Agriculture Education.  Candidates without endorsement may be considered; assistance in obtaining a Career and Technical Education endorsement requires 2000 hours of experience.

Contact Person

Contact Person

All applicants, submit your items for application to Superintendent, Dr. Todd Hellrigel: 

Email -
Mail - 1010 S. Washington / Manito, IL 61546
For questions, call 309.968.6868


Highland Middle School  (District 3)  - Agriculture Teacher
Status: Open
Description:  Full-time Career and Technical Education teacher in a 600 student middle school. Focus on Agriculture, Industrial, and Construction Trades.

Courses to be taught will include:

  • 9-week quarterly classes for 7th and 8th grade students

Facilities and technology available include:

  • New classroom facility with shop potential.

Applicant must be willing to:
  • Prepare lesson plans, demonstrations, and materials focusing on hands-on activities focusing on the basics of industrial trades, construction trades, and agriculture to support curriculum development and instructional improvement of our new middle school vocational program.
  • Use research-based methods to develop engaging lessons that require higher-order thinking.
  • Coordinate, maintain inventories, and keep records of materials and equipment for classroom and laboratory.
  • Take necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  • Ensure students are exposed to potential career opportunities as they move on to high school.
  • Accommodate students with a variety of skills, abilities, and challenges.
  • Work cooperatively with staff to support a collaborative school culture.
  • Communicate effectively both written and verbal.
  • Communicate high expectations for teaching and learning.
  • Possess strong classroom management and organizational skills.
Valid Illinois Professional Educator License with CTE endorsement grades 6-12 preferred, or the ability to apply for a short-term approval in these areas.

Application Procedure:
Apply online - please upload a letter of interest, resume, 3 letters of professional recommendation, transcripts, and Illinois Teacher license information with your online application.
Contact Person
Liz Weder
Highland Middle School
(618) 651-8800 ext 3202

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)


Meridian High School  (District 4)  - Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Meridian High School, located in Section 16, is seeking applicants for a second agriculture teacher & FFA advisor position for the 2024-2025 school year. The Agriculture Program was reintroduced five years ago and has been very successful.  As such, the district is adding a second teaching position to be able to expand the curriculum.  The district recently completed construction of a $2.4 million shop and greenhouse facility. 

Salary and benefits are established by the collective bargaining agreement, which can be found on the district's website.  Meridian does plan to continue participating in the 3 Circle Grant Program

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, letters of recommendation, and transcripts to:

Eric Hurelbrink- Principal, Meridian High School
By email:

All documents should be scanned into one file

Contact Person
Eric Hurelbrink- Principal, Meridian High School

Paxton Buckley Loda High School  (District 4)  - Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor
Status: Open

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School is seeking a full-time agricultural education teacher & FFA advisor for the 2024-25 school year.  The new teacher will join Kirsten Wyatt and Mike White in leading the more than 200 student program.

PBL is conveniently located in Section 17, 30 minutes from Champaign-Urbana, 45 minutes from Bloomington-Normal. Facilities include an ag classroom, ag mechanics shop, wood shop, metal shop, greenhouse, land lab, and aquaculture/hydroponics systems.

Class offerings include Introduction to Agriculture, Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics, Agriculture Technology, Agricultural Fabrication I & II, BSAA, Ag Business Management, Ag Construction, Horticulture Science, Aquaculture/Environmental Science, Ag Mechanics & Technology.  Course assignments will be determined based on the strengths of each teacher.

PBL is a 1-to-1 Chromebook school with Google Classroom in use for classes. 

The successful candidate will possess a valid Illinois Professional Educators licensure that has been registered with ISBE ELIS and Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education. The successful candidate will also possess knowledge and understanding in best practices in student-centered instruction.

PBL offers an 11 month contract plus FFA stipend. PBL participates in the 3-Circles Grant program.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions may be directed to Hannah Eshleman, principal, at

To apply please visit

Contact Person
Hannah Eshleman
High School Principal

Mt. Vernon  (District 5)  - Agriculture Teacher/ FFA Advisor
Status: Open
Mt. Vernon Township High School, located in Section 21, is seeking a highly-qualified agriculture instructor and FFA advisor for the 2024-2025 school year. Mt. Vernon is located in southern Illinois, at the intersection of Interstate 57 and Interstate 64. The new teacher will be part of a multi-teacher (2.5) agriculture program. The Mt. Vernon agriculture program serves around 250 students and has 100% FFA membership and SAE participation. The program has an active calendar of events, and has a history of success, ranking in the top 10 in the National Chapter Award program 18 of the last 20 years. The FFA chapter is historically competitive in many CDEs and LDEs, and has a strong foundation in leadership, with several state FFA degrees and section officers annually. The selected candidate will be teaching in a state-of-the-art campus built in 2016. The agriculture department includes two classrooms with interactive whiteboards and projectors, a dedicated FFA work room, school-issued copier and color printer, mini-kitchen, agriculture mechanics shop, and greenhouse with attached learning laboratory. Mt. Vernon Township High School is a 1:1 school, with all students having Chromebooks and all teachers issued laptops in addition to classroom desktops. Courses to be taught will be determined by the selected candidate’s strengths. Courses offered include: Introduction to Agriculture, Agricultural Science, Horticultural Science, Horticulture Production & Management, Ag Business Management, Ag Leadership & Communications, Basic Ag Mechanics, Advanced Ag Mechanics, Veterinary Technology, and Natural Resources Conservation & Management. Candidates with experiences in agricultural mechanics are wanted, but not required.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the collective bargaining agreement held by the local teachers union.

If you have further questions regarding the position, please contact 
Contact Person
Prior to February 1st, applications, letters of interest and resumes can be submitted using the following link:

Richland County- Olney  (District 5)  - Agriculture Teacher
Status: Open

Richland County High School, located in Section 23, is seeking a full-time agriculture education teacher and FFA Advisor for the 2024-2025 school year. The newly-hired teacher will work in the Agriculture and T&I department with veteran teachers Mark Steber, Jamie VanDyke, and Hayden Kinkade.

The Richland County Ag Ed Program is a three-circle program that focuses on all three components of agriculture education. (FFA, SAE, and Classroom/Lab) The program has 280 students enrolled in agriculture education courses and all members are in the Olney FFA Chapter. The Olney FFA has had considerable success at the state and national level. The Richland County High School administration, board of education, alumni, and community are very supportive of this program.

Current courses offered are Introduction to Agriculture, Ag Science, Basic Ag Mechanics, Advanced Ag Mechanics, Horticulture Production/Management (Dual Credit), Ag Metal Fabrication (Welding I and Welding II - Dual Credit), Ag Construction I and II, Agriculture Sales& Marketing (Dual Credit), Veterinary Science (Dual Credit), Natural Resources/Conservation, Ag Business Management (Dual Credit/Res. Mgt Credit), Intro to Production Technology, Production Technology, CAD; Drafting (Dual Credit), and Transportation Technology. Courses to be taught will be discussed with the applicants.

The Richland County High School experienced a considerable renovation in 2019-2020. Current facilities include four classrooms, two offices, storage areas, a food lab, a small animal lab, a mechanics/welding shop, a mechanics/wood shop, an automotive shop, and a new greenhouse.

Interested candidates should apply online at the District Web link

Please attach a letter of interest, current resume, transcripts, professional educator license, and letters of recommendation.

Candidates will be paid based on the collective bargaining agreement, including participation in the Three-Circle Grant. Candidates should have a valid Illinois Teacher License.

Contact Person
Questions should be directed to Darrell Houchin Principal or Rylan Rusk Assistant Principal at 618-393-2191. Ext 3127 or 3131

Cahokia  (District 5)  - Agriculture Teacher
Status: Open
Cahokia High School offers a variety of CTE programs that provide students with career-training while in high school. The Cahokia High School CTE Dept. is seeking CTE educators to develop and/or enhance CTE programs in the area of: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video and Communications; Financial and Business Services; Health Sciences and Technology; Culinary Arts; Fashion//Apparel and Textiles; Web Page and Multimedia Design; Computer Programming; Barbering;  Industrial/ Manufacturing Trades; Automotive Maintenance and Repair; and Aviation/Aircraft.

The CTE educators will provide a CTE program of study for 9-12th grade students. They will supervise and instruct students in the assigned area of Career Technical Education and career development, based upon the educator’s work experience, qualifications and ISBE CTE endorsement area. It may involve teaching a combination of the ISBE CTE Matrices Group 2-4  introductory, skill-specific and advanced-level courses that emphasize and reinforce academic, technical and employability skills.

Position Qualifications: 

Option 1: Industry Experience 

  • Preferred-Bachelor’s degree in the CTE educational program being taught
  • Two to four years of documented work experience directly related to the ISBE CTE endorsement area and CTE educational program being taught, including ISBE CTE Matrices Groups 2-4 courses
  • Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) endorsed in a CTE area or is willing to get the ELS endorsed in a CTE area by the hiring date


Option 2: ISBE PEL with Demonstrated Competency in CTE Area 

  • Preferred- ISBE PEL endorsed in a CTE area with two years of full-time teaching experience in CTE area
  • Professional Educator License (PEL)
  • Endorsement in a CTE area (by passing the content exam and completing 18 semester hours of coursework in the content area)
  • Has ISBE CTE License Endorsement or will be able to get the ISBE CTE License Endorsement by the hiring date

Essential CTE Teacher duties:

  • Assists in planning and developing course and program curriculum that meets the program scope and quality guidelines outlined in the Illinois State Plan for Perkins V
  • Teaches a combination of academic skills, employability skills, and the career-specific technical skills that prepare students for a certificate, license, diploma, dual-credit course, workplace learning experience, and job
  • Supervises and facilitates student learning and hands-on practice
  • Plans and delivers classroom lessons, workshops, labs, and projects
  • Develops and adapts instructional materials and experiences to meet individual student needs, aptitudes, and interests
  • Plans and conducts appropriate educational field experiences including but not limited to, student participation in career and technical student organizations, team-based challenges, field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on learning experiences
  • Attends and participates in CTE meetings and professional development activities
  • Evaluates CTE course/program and maintains a course/program improvement plan
  • Stays informed of current educational and industry standards and practices
  • Teaches and enforces safety policies and practices that are in compliance with federal and state laws and the school district
  • Assists in the development and implementation of a budget for CTE courses and programs
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Highest Priority CTE Areas: 

We are looking for qualified candidates to enhance our current CTE program areas at Cahokia High School

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction: Carpentry
  • Arts, Audio/Video and Communications: Graphic Design
  • Financial and Business Services
  • Fashion//Apparel and Textiles
  • Automotive Maintenance and Repair
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