Sauk Valley schools having a harder time finding teachers

Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico superintendent shares how rural districts are competing now with schools in Quad Cities, suburbs and at job fairs

Fourth and fifth graders from the Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico school district sit outside of the Reagan birthplace for the Friday celebration.
A look at the jobs portal at the website for the Regional Office of Education 47, which serves Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties.

Speech, pre-K, those are some really difficult positions to fill. We try to compete with the Quad Cities, suburbs. Then there are even outlying states that are recruiting Illinois graduates.”

—  Heidi Lensing, superintendent at Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico District 3
Troy Taylor

Troy E. Taylor

Was named editor for and the Gazette and Telegraph in 2021. An Illinois native, he has been a reporter or editor in daily newspapers since 1989.