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National Teacher of the Year

  • 1968 -- David E. Graf -- Vocational Education and Industrial Arts, Sandwich Community High School, Sandwich, Illinois
  • 1954 -- Willard C. Widerberg -- Seventh Grade, DeKalb Junior High School, DeKalb, Illinois

To be the best Illinois teacher, you must model excellence. Accelerate your teaching career by earning your Masters Degree, PhD, or Administrative Credentials.

Good News for Illinois Teachers

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Illinois Teacher’s Salary Statistics and Benefits

  • Illinois teachers have a starting salary of $36,636
  • Illinois teachers have an average salary of $64,509
  • The 10 year growth in salary is 34.8%
  • Illinois Teachers get about 15 weeks of vacation every year
  • It takes an Illinois Teacher 4 year to be eligible for their tenure

Illinois Department of Education

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Being an Illinois Teacher is without a doubt a self-rewarding career on its own. Are you interested in learning the steps to become a teacher in Illinois, or would you rather learn about improving your teaching career with an advanced degree?

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