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Email recruit@dps61.org for more information


To plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. Work is performed under the supervision of the principal.


Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.

Develop lesson plans and tests that are in accordance with established procedures.

Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment.

Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction.

Manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures. Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school.

Provide appropriate feedback on work.

Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use information to adjust teaching strategies.

Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development.

Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs.

Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.

Prepare classroom for class activities.

Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities.

Observe and evaluate student's performance and development.

Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments.


Other functions of the job include but are not limited to the following

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
  • Encourage parent and community involvement, obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls and answer emails.
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


(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 BoardEmployee 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.


1. Illinois State certificate in the teaching field qualifying the teacher to teach at the elementary level. 2. Bachelor's Degree 3. Endorsement in Music 6 - 12. 4.  Ability to function effectively as a member of the school staff. 5. Such other requirements as the Board may establish.


Would a payroll advance up to $2500 help you settle into our community?

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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)


First year Teachers (BA) for 22-23 start at $48,901 including Pension Contributions  

                                 (MA) for 22-23 start at $47,000 including Pension Contributions
5 years’ experience (BA) for 22-23 start at $52,087 including Pension Contributions 
                              (MA) for 22-23 start at $59,340 including Pension Contributions 
10 years’ experience (BA) for 22-23 start at $56,071 including Pension Contributions
                                  (MA) for 22-23 start at $64,934 including Pension Contributions
We offer 100% reciprocity for experience in other districts.   Complete Salary Schedule available on the website.


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!  


Additional Notes

To establish a complete pre-employment file, please complete the online application. Your application will be retained in active status for one school year. If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you for further information and a possible interview. 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.

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 go 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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