How long have you been a substitute teacher? I taught 7th-12th English and Middle School Math for 13 years!

Why did you choose education as a career? Though education was my fourth career, it has always been my passion. Teaching elementary school, kindergarten to fourth grade, has also been an awesome experience. I enjoy the little darlings.

What is your fondest memory of a substitute teacher? As a professional teacher and student, I am always learning more and more so that I can share the knowledge and life's experiences with my children.

Why is being a substitute teacher important? After retiring from the School District of Philadelphia in 2014, my husband and I took time to relax and travel, but I was missing teaching.My experience at Educators on Call since December 2018, has given me the opportunity to return to the classroom and has exposed me to teaching subjects outside of my certified area. Every time I get the opportunity to do so, I accept the challenge with joy. I may have to do a little research on a subject to prepare for a class, but I don't mind. I don't want the students to miss a beat!

Would you like to share anything else? Thank you again, Educators on Call, for this honor. Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father and, from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Happy Black History Month! We are eager to be celebrating the great heroes whose struggles have become our change. This month, we are putting the spotlight on the resilient Black women, who’ve contributed so much to our culture, history, and progress.

Mary McLeod Bethune, The Educator. She dedicated her life to the world of education by starting a private school for African American youth in Daytona Beach, Florida and even became a co-founder of an organization that funds scholarships for black students. Maya Angelou, The Artist. With her passionate ability to write such powerful poetry so eloquently, Ms. Angelou took on the great responsibility of impacting the culture. Marian Wright Edelman, The Activist. She made great strides in becoming a change maker for children’s rights and became a voice for poor children, children of color, and children with disabilities when she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. Michelle Obama, The Leader. As the very first African American first lady, she pushes others to become the best versions of themselves while advocating for higher education, healthy living, and poverty awareness.

Each and every day, we are given endless opportunities to make our mark in the world. Let us take encouragement from the accomplishments of these great leaders and become the change!

Click on the icons below to find lesson plans for the classroom, focusing on these four extraordinary women:

How long have you been a substitute teacher? 8 Months.

Why did you choose education as a career? Helping direct young minds is not just a position, but an honor for me. To be part of the process of helping someone find their potential can be a responsibility but it's an interesting challenge as well. The prospects for education sometimes seems not so bright in this nation, with less people interested in teaching, shortages and various other issues. It is becoming, in some senses, harder to become a teacher. However, it is such an important position.

What is your fondest memory of a substitute teacher? My fondest memory was when a student expressed their love for my teaching style to a fellow teacher. It was a proud moment for me to hear that I had clearly explained the subject to that student in memorable way. Its flattering and needed since getting good feedback is part of what keeps teachers going. Another funny memory that stays with me is when students call the x-axis the "ex-axis" and pi, "pie!"

Why is being a substitute teacher important? It gives teachers important experiences, both in their skills and in finding the school that he/she likes. Secondly, for students, it offers exposure to a range of people, which broadens their outlook in multiple manners. Substitute Days can be seen as "lost" teaching days, but good subs can change that perspective!

Would you like to share anything else?I like music, gardening and I'm a closet Barry Manilow fan! It's so important to lead a balanced life, so I always encourage my students to pursue different interests too. I also like to explore different cultures and learn new languages. I enjoy learning about history and the importance of connecting to one's roots.

1.Get Organized
Arrive early and prepare your space well. A clear space means a clear mind. Write out a plan on the chalkboard, to let yourself and your students know that you are ready to take on the day!

2. Get to Know Your Students
When you first step foot in the classroom, you are a stranger to the students. Break the ice with a quick activity to get to know them a bit and build trust their trust. When you respect your students, they’ll be more likely to respect you right back.

3. Plan a Moment of Fun
Students can get tired of the same old dull routine.  Get creative in the classroom and plan a fun activity to include in the day.  Everyone learns differently and it is your job to stimulate each student’s brain.  Explore a little! The possibilities are endless.

4.  Have Your Sub Bag Ready to Go
As a sub, you’ll never know what to expect and want to be prepared for anything. Load up your handy dandy “sub bag” with extra pencils, papers, a dry erase marker, hand sanitizer, stickers, books and other great tools to keep yourself prepared for the classroom.

5. Be Confident
As a sub, confidence is your best friend.  Students can easily spot a “pushover” and will do everything in their power to get their way.  Making a strong first impression will do you wonders.  Establishing your own worth in the classroom will allow your students to recognize it as well and will have them more likely to follow directions.  Your confidence and positivity will be contagious and will get your students motivated to learn!

How long have you been a substitute teacher? This is my first year.

Why did you choose education as a career?I just kind of fell into education after I graduated with a degree in art. I began teaching after-school programs and just really fell in love with working with kids. Every day it’s something new.

What is your fondest memory of a substitute teacher? One time, I covered as a yoga teacher for the Pre-K kids at my current school. We decided, instead, to have a GoNoodle dance party! There’s just something about watching small bodies learn choreography and sing “All I Eat is Pizza” that’s just really precious.

Why is being a substitute teacher important? Subs are so important because we really hold down the fort while the lead teacher is away. It’s really a great way for kids to get a break in their typical routine and meet a new personality.

Would you like to share anything else? Hey, wassup, hello. My name is Jasmine. I’m a Pisces. I’m an all-around gentle soul, who loves to create. I graduated from a small art school in Portland, Oregon before moving back home to Jersey. I, then, began teaching after-school programs in NYC. Now that I’m in Philly, I spend most of my time with Kindergartners, whom I love. However, when I’m not with kids, I’m reading, taking photos, hiking with my dog or picking up heavy things at the gym!


To some, “warmth” can mean sharing a comforting smile with a stranger. To others, it’s cherishing moments with loved ones. But to a few, it can simply be the often forgotten luxury of physical warmth. Winter can be harsh at times. Although the first snowfall can be magical, the rest of winter can be a long and unforgiving journey for those who are less fortunate. With the brisk season approaching, thousands of local children are struggling to stay warm in our very own communities.

In this cold but hopeful season, give the gift of warmth. Cradles to Crayons' Gear Up for Winter program offers an opportunity to give back to the local community by distributing warm winter essentials to families in need. A thick coat. A warm hat. A pair of gloves. Anything can help and you make a difference! Every child deserves to enjoy festivities of winter, in warmth. It is said that experiencing physical warmth promotes interpersonal warmth, helping us build better bonds with one another. So, let us give the gift of warmth this season.

Mr. Perrin majored in Political Science and History at Florida Atlantic University. This is his first year as a substitute teacher with EOC. Julian believes that being a Substitute Teacher is important because it provides a constant flow of education for the students in the teachers’ absence. Providing students with a positive and progressive education is essential, which is why he choose a career in education. He enjoys teaching and grateful for the positive connections he has made with students. Julian is reliable, does whatever it takes to get the job done and not afford to go above and beyond what is expected of him. Students see Julian as a teacher who can relate to them. He’s someone who’s caring, approachable, supportive and makes learning Geometry easy. 

"Thank you so much for naming me Substitute of the Month. It has been a pleasure working for Educators On Call."


In one week, from today, we will have gathered with family and friends and felt the overwhelming feeling of gratitude for all of the wonders that surround us. Once the holiday passes, what are we left with? Perhaps it is an urge to be a part of something greater or a desire to give back to the world around us. To start off this hopeful season with a warm feeling in your heart, why not get involved in the act of giving back? #GivingTuesday offers you the opportunity to do just that!

After its founding in 2012, by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, the #GivingTuesday organization continues to grow their efforts by unifying communities with the charitable act of giving back to the world around us. With the common goal of sharing the joy of giving, this global event strives to strengthen communities with the spirit of gratitude. On November 27th, get involved with #GivingTuesday by making a donation or sharing awareness on the movement of giving back.

How long have you been a substitute teacher? Three years.

Why did you choose education as a career? I love kids an enjoy making a difference in their lives. They are the future.

What is your fondest memory of a substitute teacher? The look on the teacher's face when a box of pizza was delivered to the class.

Why is being a substitute teacher important? Children need to continuously learn despite their primary teacher being absent.

Would you like to share anything else? I'm also an actor, so if this hel me take the next step let me say thank you in advance.

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.