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Interested in substitute teaching?

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” The substitute teacher shortage won’t just go away. The Eagle County school district has to figure out how to keep subs, make them want to work and find ways to bring new ones in.

“We’re looking at incentives, maybe if you sub so many days, you get a higher pay rate,” said Mike Gass, director of secondary education for the school district.

The basic requirements are having a high school diploma, a substitute license and the number “zero” by your felony count, Gass said.

A big part of retaining subs is making sure they feel appreciated at a school, said Philip Qualman, assistant principal at Battle Mountain High School.

“Our efforts here have been to give better support to the subs, making sure their lesson plans are comprehensive, especially with handling discipline problems, and making sure they know they’re backed up by others teachers and the administration,” Qualman said.

The school district hopes to better market its need and reach out to mothers like substitute teacher Shelly Doyle, who might have kids in school and want a job with a similar schedule.

“We’d also love to see retired people in the valley get into our schools,” Gass said.

Part of that marketing will be letting people know that substitute teaching can be a great, fulfilling job for the right person.

“I enjoy being around kids, and if you sub somewhere long enough, you become part of the school, they want you there,” Doyle said.

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