teaching 2016 Iowa Teacher of the Year Takes a Break From Teaching By Breanna Descourouez • Apr 11, 2017 Breanna Descourouez Scott Slechta, an English and Language Arts teacher at Fairfield High School, was named the Iowa Teacher of the Year in November. He said his students made the honor possible. Western Illinois Man a Rookie Teacher at Age 59 By Dusty Rhodes • Oct 2, 2016 Courtesy of Jim Melvin Jim Melvin is finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. He's a rookie in the classroom but a seasoned veteran at real life. At age 59, he's in his first full year of teaching social studies at V.I.T. High School.