"I got into teaching agriculture because of the my passion to see students achieve their goals in agriculture education. There is no greater award for a teacher than to see students succeed and reach their goals."

Miles Allen
Illini Central High School
Agriculture Teacher

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“I stayed at the University of IL for another year to get my master’s degree in Ag Ed. I’ve always thought everything happens for a reason and it did - this was the best decision of my life. I’m involved in a career where I get to utilize my passion for agriculture while motivating and impacting young people’s lives. It’s an incredibly rewarding feeling and I’m so lucky I ended up here.”

Heather Belden
Marengo High School
Agriculture Teacher


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IAVAT “Excellence In
Teaching” Award Winners

Rick Petitt
Ashton-Franklin Center
Section 2
District I Winner
State Winner

Toni Gabriel
Section 7
District II Winner

Steve Buyck
Section 11
District III Winner

Randy Meyer
Section 19
District IV Winner

Jennifer Timm
Section 23
District V Winner

High School Ag Teachers

  • Average Salary for Illinois agriculture teachers is $51,000.
  • Over 43% of Illinois agriculture teachers are female.
  • 82% of Illinois agriculture teachers have extended contracts.

Community College Instructors

  • $65,245 - Average salary for community college agriculture instructors in Illinois
  • More flexibile daily schedule of teaching time.

University Professors

  • Coordinate undergraduate and graduate classes in agricultural education.
  • Organize collegiate FFA and Agricultural Education Clubs.
  • Develop research projects that benefit agricultural education students.

Agricultural Literacy Coordinators

  • Bring a message of consumption agriculture to elementary students
    and teachers.
  • Showcase agriculture in use everyday in the world around you.
  • Provide direct links between core learning areas and agriculture.

Extension Advisors

  • Develop programming for their communities.
  • Work in a variety of settings with all ages of people (food/nutrition, farming, horticulture, and youth programming).

Corporate Education Specialists

  • Coordinate employee training programs at companies such as ADM, John Deere and Monsanto.
  • Focus on employee leadership skills to improve efficiency of company.
  • Opportunities are available for state, national and international level.


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