How long have you been a substitute teacher?

For two Years.

Why did you choose education as a career?

I enjoy helping people learn something new. At the time I was working as a  Student Climate worker at a high school. I felt I needed to be making a difference if I was going to work with children.  I didn't feel as though I was, and that needed to change.

 

What is your fondest memory of substitute teaching?

Being able to help a student when I was providing coverage in an Emotional Support class. The student would easily get distracted, at times refused to do his work. He didn't like math but had quite the sweet tooth. So the assistant teacher took him to the vending machine to get a snack. He came back with some cookies. I took his math worksheet to his desk and we started working on it. We put the cookies on the desk and I told him if you can get through all of your math you can have them. He was struggling to stay focused, but I encouraged him. I said look, look at the cookies, they're right there, four more problems, two more problems, you're almost there you got this! In the end, he not only finished his math, but everything was correct. We gave each other a high five and he ate his cookies.

Why is being a substitute teacher important? 

It's important to help the teacher we are covering for. Without guest teachers, the regular teachers would never be able to take a break, vacation, or maternity and paternity leave.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

This doesn't pertain to me exactly but I learned this and believe its important. My Bachelor's degree doesn't exactly help me as a guest teacher right now (unless I'm covering an art class) but my knowledge of art has helped many students. I believe you should never write off your education, whether or not it directly applies to your career. Your knowledge can help many children and adults. You put in the long hours, sweat and tears to earn your degree. Don't believe having a degree doesn't apply or that you won't make a difference. What you shared may have saved someone's life or inspired them in a new way.

From Survive to Thrive: What Great Substitute Teachers Do Differently, Dr. Trent Bowers

Sub Culture: Three Years in Education's Dustiest CornersCarolyn Bucior

The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Paid For, Naomi Schaefer Riley

The American Public School Teacher, Darrel Drury and Justin Baer

The Failure of Environmental Education (and How We Can Fix It)Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein

The Same Thing Over and Over, Frederick M. Hess

Teach Like a Pirate, Dave Burgess

Today I Made a Difference, Joseph W. Underwood

Not Quite Burned Out, but Crispy Around the EdgesSharon Draper

Educators On Call has donated to each of the funds supporting the substitute teachers affected by the tragic shootings last week at Santa Fe High School and we thought you'd want to help too. We're sharing the letter from the Substitute Teaching Division for more information.

We can't do everything, but we can do something.

Cynthia Tisdale - Substitute Teacher
Cynthia was working two jobs to help cover the medical expenses for her husband who has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. According to her son, she loved substitute teaching.
A Go Fund Me account has been set up if you desire to help. If each of us will do a little, this will make a big impact on her family's lives.
To donate for Cynthia Tisdale, click here.

Glenda Ann Perkins - Substitute Teacher
Ann was a very popular substitute teacher and loved teaching where her grandchildren went to school.yn
“I would like the world to remember her as a hero, of course, a hero that gave herself to get other people out and safe in time,” Perkins’ daughter, Ashley Perkins, said.
To donate for Glenda Ann Perkins, click here.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these teachers. Thank you for your service as a substitute teacher and your willingness to help the families of those substitute teachers who were killed last week in Santa Fe ISD, TX.

Geoffrey Smith
Director
STEDI.org

5th Annual Book Drive

Our 5th Annual Book Drive will be in full swing beginning Monday, March 19th, to continue our mission of reducing the number of book deserts in the Philadelphia community.  We have chosen to combine our book drive with the celebration of Children’s Book Week in the belief that “a great nation is a reading nation". 

We aim to provide new and gently-used children’s books to two local youth-based organizations; Turning Points for Childrenthe largest social service agency for children in Philadelphia whose focus is reducing child abuse and improving the lives of children and youth across the city, and WePAC; their key initiative is to renovate and reopen school library space.

For many adults, as children, reading was one of their favorite things to do. They looked forward to exploring new authors and using their imaginations to experience new worlds. In the midst of indulging in this favorite past-time, they were developing their vocabulary and strengthening their command of the language. Unfortunately, today this is not the case for many children in our local communities. Philadelphia is one of the lowest ranking metropolitan cities in Reading proficiency. According to the most recent Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) data, 41% of fourth graders in the city are reading at or below basic levels. A contributing factor is that many schools and community libraries throughout Philadelphia have closed due to budget constraints and low readership, which has impacted youth access to quality reading material.  

Over the years, we have collected over 3,000 books and have donated our collections to Mastery Charter School- Cleveland Elementary, Methodist Services Children’s Home, The People’s Emergency Center and Youth Services, Inc. The main goal of our annual book drive is to reduce the number of book deserts within the Philadelphia community. By contributing to the development of youth in our city it is our hope to place books in the hands of as many youth, as possible. That the books received will increase their exposure to literature and fuel a continued desire to read.

Knowing how fundamental literature is to a developing mind we hope you'll support this mission by doing at least one of the following:
  • Donate new or gently used books until May 11th, 2018.
  • Make a monetary donation for our Celebration of Reading event:
    • GoFundMe
    • CashApp Fundraising - $EducatorsOnCall
  • Save & share the flyer to the right with your social and professional networks. Use hashtag #EOCBookDrive.
  • Tell your friends and family about the book drive.

Criteria for book donations:

  • Should appeal to children in lower elementary to middle school
  • New or like-new without coloring or damaged pages and can be hardcover
  • Award winners, main characters of color, leveled readers, popular series books, and juvenile nonfiction are of particular interest.

If you have any questions about how you can get involved in giving the gift of reading to youth in Philadelphia send us an email to eocadmin@educatorsoncall.org or give us a call at 888-248-4801 ext. 100. 

As we know and believe that knowledge is our greatest resource, we also know that one book can change a life!

WePac

DROP OFF LOCATIONS

EOC Office - Archways Building
413 Johnson St. Ste 214,  Jenkintown PA 19046
Monday-Wednesday 10AM-5PM

Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room
287 N Keswick Ave Glenside PA, 19038
Wednesday-Friday 12PM-5PM

 

“a great nation is a reading nation,” ~ Frederic G. Melcher

Are you thinking about becoming a teacher?

For new and seasoned teachers, here are some benefits you may not have thought of or may sometimes forget…

Teacher turned freelance writer, Allie Heemstra, explains that being a teacher is an amazing career in her article “The Intangible Benefits of Being a Teacher”. While teachers don’t earn CEO salaries or perks, Heemstra says that teachers are able to feel the “tangible and sentimental” reasons for being in the classroom. For example, a Math Teacher applying real-world experiences to help her students understand the true value of her lessons. Or a Kindergarten Teacher opening the minds of her students to the wonders of reading. Or the High School English Teacher helping her students write college essays. Teachers impact the lives of their students in ways that could never amount to any dollar value. Teachers MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Heemstra shares three other ways in which teaching is a rewarding job:

  1. Teachers get to be innovative...
  2. Teachers get to spark connection...
  3. Teachers get the constant opportunity for growth...

Click here to read more.

For those interested in exploring a career in education and those seeking more experience in the classroom, check out opportunities for substitute teaching!


Meet Allie Heemstra

Allie Heemstra is an Iowa native who has a passion for writing. Previously enrolled in University of Northern Iowa, she took courses in Elementary education, Teaching K-8, and a Literacy minor. Heemstra had gone to Brazil to do student teaching and then came back to become a third grade teacher in Kansas City for 5 years.

Those warm, carefree summer nights have led to the bright beginnings of a new school year. Parents are bustling in OfficeMax to buy supplies and kids are waving goodbye to vacation with a heavy heart. Substitute teachers are also getting ready for the year ahead to provide the best possible education to students. Today we are going to discuss why motivated, caring teachers are so vitally important.

In 2011 Eric Hanushek, an Education Economist at Stanford, wrote an article revealing the empirical value a good teacher has on their students in Education Next. Education is one of the most important economic x-factors in determining a country's output. Hanushek stresses that quality education is one of the most important links to improving our national economy. Efforts to improve quality of education have included structural reforms such as decreasing classroom size, adjusting curriculum, and adding technology to aid learning. However, the most impactful metric on education quality is the ability of the teacher to effectively communicate the material to students. The value of a good teacher is almost immeasurable in terms of growing both our nation's economy and improving the overall quality of life for students.  According to Hanushek, teachers have the ability to increase the lifetime earnings of a student by $110,000 to $230,000.

The rest of Hanushek’s article explores possible solutions to help retain high-quality teachers and it can be seen from the data how critically important educators are, not just here in the US but around the world. Regardless the amount of time spent in the classroom, substitutes have a huge impact on students’ lives. May the upcoming school year be filled with productive positivity. Check out our Facebook and Twitter for resources and tips to help you be the best teacher possible.

 

Curated by: Joseph Ebner, Summer Intern

Meet our summer intern, Joe:

Working at Educators on Call this summer was a fantastic hands-on experience for my ambitions to pursue a career in Marketing. Tara and Julie, the stellar on-site staff, never spared an opportunity to share valuable advice or answer any of my questions. One of my favorite parts of the internship was the independent yet supportive work environment fostered in the office. As a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at UPenn, my background in marketing is sparse, to say the least, but working with Julie fast-tracked my understanding of the industry, as well as provided keen insights I could not have received in a classroom.

I also was lucky enough to work with the company during a period of growth in the midst of their expansion to staff more schools and recruit more teachers. One of my primary objectives this summer was to promote our first ever Educator Career Fair this October (the 11th, which by the way you should totally go to) through social media, email, and phone marketing. So much of the company's blood, sweat and tears have gone into planning this one event, alongside the school expansion plans. One of the most important lessons I learned from this endeavor is that when you achieve success, your problems do not go away, they only grow to a larger scale. Nevertheless, the feeling of achievement is amazing and I would not want to share it with a different team.

Moving into my senior year, I am glad I had the opportunity to help a company as driven, honest, and fun as Educators on Call to prepare me for the workforce after college. Thanks to everyone have a great school year!

Hey Substitute Teachers!

In just a few short weeks students will line the halls and school will be in full swing. Get ready for teacher absences, and no matter how long you're in a classroom remember, "proper preparation prevents poor performance."

Free Teacher's Guide

 

Every day educators have the opportunity to not only positively affect students' education but their confidence to take on any obstacle they face in and out of the classroom.  Jasmyn Wright is a third-grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary in Philadelphia and she understands the impact she has as an educator goes beyond the classroom.

 

Happy Independence Day from Educators On Call to you and your families! We hope your grill and fireworks are as lit as our passion for bringing quality education to our schools. Today we would like to take a moment to thank the men and women who serve our country and allow us to pursue truth in education without restriction. Our freedoms are the reason we are so grateful to live in the beautiful USA.

We salute those who make our freedom possible.