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 Experienced Teachers receive Full Credit for prior experience. 

Illinois offers full reciprocity for comparable out of state experience.
See Contract on website for Pay Rate Scales for experience!

Decatur Public Schools is an equal employment opportunity employer with an affirmative action plan.



To help students learn subject matter and skills that will contribute to their development as mature, able, and responsible men and women.



(In addition to those listed in 500.01, Certified Teacher, the following are the essential fundamentals to include but not limited to the following job duties.)

  1. Teaching in compliance with curricular requirements of the State and of the Board of Education of District 61.
  2. Remaining current on research, new developments and literature on education, especially elementary and/or the area of special assignment.
  3. Compliance with Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board-Employee Agreements at the school level.
  4. Participation on an appointive, elective, or volunteer basis in the curriculum development process at the building and district levels, as is required to periodically review all curricular areas to keep them up-to-date.
  5. Participation from time-to-time, in the development of District Policies and Administrative Regulations, on an appointive, elective, or volunteer basis.


TITLE:           Certificated Elementary Teacher


  1. Illinois State certificate in the teaching field qualifying the teacher to teach at the elementary level.
  2. Bachelor's Degree
  3. Ability to function effectively as a member of the school staff.
  4. Such other requirements as the Board may establish.


Up to 2 years New Educator Mentorships!

Excellent Benefits! 

Outstanding Health Plans that include 2 options, one of which is 100% paid by the District.

2 tier Dental Insurance Options

Paid Life Insurance and More! 

 See Contract on website for details regarding Wages and Retirement! 

 Our District is Under Contract Negotiations for new 4 Year Contract with Decatur Education Association    Monitor website for updates (Staff Tab - Contracts)

Expiring 21-22 Rates

First year Teachers (BA) for 21-22 start at $48,600 including Pension          New Rates being Negotiated 22-23
5 year Teachers (BA) for 21-22 start at $50,900 including Pension
(More for MA and MA+)

Additional Notes

Dennis Lab School is the only dual campus PreK-8 school I the state of Illinois. The cornerstone of our school, and the WHY that we start all conversations and decisions, is that we will “Love students first, then teach them. We have a strong and long-standing relationship with Millikin University and through this collaboration, our students are given multiple and unique opportunities.


About Decatur Public School District


101 West Cerro Gordo Street, Decatur, Illinois 62523, United States




Our buildings consist of one pre-kindergarten/early learning center, ten K-6 elementary schools, four K-8 schools, one middle school, two high schools, and a K-12 alternative education program as well as a social-emotional alternative program. Three of our facilities are magnet schools, including a Pre-K to 8th-grade Montessori school. Families have the option to apply to schools of choice: STEM Academy, a candidate International Baccalaureate school, and a fine arts program. The District is also the administrative agent for the Macon-Piatt Special Education District. We are an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applicants for all positions equally without regard to race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Because our goal is to match your qualifications with an available position within our District, please answer the application as accurately and thoroughly as possible. To officially apply, you must complete an application
For more information inquire at:  recruit@dps61.org   

How to Apply

How to Apply To establish a pre-employment file, please complete the online application.
Certified Teaching Positions are posted per the Decatur Education Association collective bargaining agreement for specified period of time and then go offline into a review/interviewing state. If a viable candidate is not selected, the positions repost.    For broadest exposure, please select Vacancy Pools in addition to Vacancy Desired.
If you don't immediately identify the position you are seeking, I encourage you to reach out to me directly at recruit@dps61.org as well as continue monitoring the job posting board regularly and apply to all positions for which you qualify. https://www.dps61.org/employment

We look forward to receiving your application and sharing it with the key players who are looking to bring on new Educators and Support Team Members within Decatur Public School District 61


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