Join the District 101 Team

Why Western Springs District 101?

In D101, we believe in setting the highest of expectations for our students academically, socially and emotionally — to comprehensively prepare students to embody the D101 Elements of Student Ownership, ready for their next level of learning anywhere. Ensuring our staff have the resources and necessary support to do their best work, each and every day, is also fundamental to nurturing the thriving culture necessary for our students' success. We work together to Engage. Inspire. and Empower. each of our students. 

Western Springs School District 101 serves the majority of the Western Springs community. We have three Elementary Schools (K-5) and one Junior High (6-8) that serve approximately 1,400 students.

We value:

  • Academics: Growth and Achievement

  • Instructional Approaches that Promote Student Ownership

  • A Positive, Engaging, & Safe Environment for All

  • Recruiting & Developing Talented Staff

Our three elementary schools and one junior high need YOUR help! With our phenomenal students in our community, working in D101 is a highly fulfilling, lovely way to connect with and support our schools and all of our children.

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Certified Staff

Benefits of Joining the D101 Teaching Staff

You will work in an environment with truly talented staff who prioritize safety, connectedness, purpose, belonging, joy and positivity. This means we work hard to: 

  • Create consistency and predictability and build shared trust

  • Build relationships by creating a culture of collaboration and honoring multiple perspectives

  • Build a shared vision and focus on meaningful work

  • Celebrate successes, approach situations with positive intent and make space for FUN!

How to Apply 

Step one: Read the requirements of the specific job posting(s). 

Step two: Complete an online application.

Step three: Email a letter of interest to the specific administrator named on the job posting.

Step four: Have any lingering general questions? Email or call Nadia Garofalo or call 708-246-3700. 


  • Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience.

  • Excellent health benefits, sick days, personnel days, and other benefits are afforded to full-time certified staff.

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Substitute Teacher

Benefits of Subbing

  • It's flexible! You can pick and choose the dates/times/assignments that work for you.

  • It's simple! A successful sub is someone who will work hard to follow clear, simple plans from the experts (our teachers) and most importantly will take care of our students at a high level.

  • It's connected! We appreciate subs from within our parent community, as you know our students and are already invested in our school community.

  • It pays well!

How to Apply

You will find the steps and requirements to add you to our substitute list. 

Step one: Read about the basic requirements to gain sub licensure or contact West40 at (708)-449-4284.

Step two: Fill out the application.

Step three: Proof of license and background check required.

Step four: Contact Kelly Lansing or call at 708-246-3700


  • $125.00 per day

  • Long-term assignments -

    $170.00 per day

After you are registered on our sub list and ready to go, we'll help match you to the best fit for schools and positions.

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Teaching Assistant

Benefits as a Teaching Assistant in Western Springs D101

  • Outstanding working environment!

  • Competitive starting hourly wage

  • Benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance

  • Working days follow the school calendar

ISBE Teaching Assistant (Paraprofessional) Licensure Requirements

  • At least 19 years of age

  • One of the Following:

    • Associate’s degree or higher

    • 60 semester hours of coursework

    • High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro

    • High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Workkeys:

      • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math (with a score of 4)

      • Reading for information/Workplace Documents (with a score of 4)

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete all items on the ISBE checklist

Step 2: Complete application for District 101

Step 3: Contact Julie Fredericks or 708-485-2850