Where are the best places to teach in Illinois?

Marc FilippinoReboot Illinois

Sep 14, 2016

Teaching is hard. Not only do you have to lead a classroom of hyped-up children or apathetic teenagers, but you usually have to do it on a paltry salary and with little appreciation.

Plus there are memes like this floating around the internet:

teach

Because a teachers’ jobs are already so tough, they deserve a good atmosphere to do their work in. Niche ranked the best places to teach in Illinois looking at criteria like teacher salary, resources, facilities, and academics. Plus we added in our favorite academics as a reminder that teachers rule.

10. Community Unit School District 200 (Wheaton) 

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.1 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: B+

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Indiana Jones. Because who else is going to teach you about archeology, whip cracking and the Ark of the Covenant.

indiana-jones

9. Elmhurst School District No. 205

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.1 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: B

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Mr. Feeny from “Boy Meets World.” Because where would Mr. Matthews be with his favorite confidant/teacher/neighbor?

mr-feeny

8. Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.1 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: B+

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Ms. Frizzle from the “Magic School Bus.” Because like in any good lesson plan, a teacher should shrink her class and fly a tiny school bus inside a student’s digestive tract. You know, for science.

mrs-frizzle

7. Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204, Aurora

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.2 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: A

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Mr. Kotter from “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Because 1. Where would the world be if John Travolta didn’t pass social studies? That’s, right. Summer school.

2. That theme song is lit.

6. Barrington Community Unit School District No. 220

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.1 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: B+

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Professor McGonagall from the “Harry Potter” series. Because she’ll send you a death stare to put you in your place, but also has your back when battling the Dark Lord. Like any good teacher should.

professor-mcgonagall

5. Township High School District No. 113 

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.1 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: B-

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Professor Oak from Pokémon. Because let’s face it: Your Pokédex would be trash without him.

professor-oak

4. Hinsdale Township High School District No. 86

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.3 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: A-

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Professor Charles Xavier from X-Men. Because just because you’re a mutant doesn’t mean you should use your powers irresponsibly.

professor-x

3. Community High School District No. 128

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.3 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: B

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Dewey Finn from “School of Rock.” Because, yeah, you’re stuck in school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun.

school-of-rock

2. Glenbrook High Schools District 225

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: 4.3 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: A-

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Mr. Keating from “Dead Poets Society.” Because you should always question The Man, man.

seize-the-day

1. New Trier Township High School District No. 203

Parent/Student Surveys on Overall4 Experience: 4.1 out of 5

Student Culture & Diversity Grade: C+

Teachers Grade: A+

The teacher: Walter White from “Breaking Bad.” Because, although he’s a murderer and drug dealer, but by the end of the series, he sure did get Jesse Pinkman into science.

walter-white

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