How long have you been a substitute teacher? 3 months.

Why did you choose education as a career? I chose a career in education to help urban youth succeed.

What is your fondest memory of being a substitute teacher? When I first started substitute teaching and I was so scared and just remembering that everything will be alright.

Why is being a substitute teacher important? It’s important that you make an impact on a child's life. Even if it’s small, they'll remember that you care and are coming from a genuine place.

Would you like to share anything else? Well, my name is Tyler Sawyer and I am 27 years of age. I have a Psychology degree that I worked really hard on. My hobbies consist of eating lots of Häagen-Dazs coffee ice-cream and watching horror movies. I love to cook & bake and I love baking with my kids. I like to walk a lot and listen to music; I love to stay active! I’m from South Philly so I love a good cheesesteak with cheese wiz and French fries. I also like playing video games, watching T.V. and reading. The book I’m reading right now is “Becoming Michelle Obama” and it’s a great read!

How long have you been a substitute teacher?5 months.

Why did you choose education as a career? I like the energy of kids and enjoy working in a school environment.

What is your fondest memory of being a substitute teacher? Receiving artwork from several Kindergarteners!

Why is being a substitute teacher important? It's important for me to help create a positive and creative space.

Would you like to share anything else?Some of my favorite activities are bicycling, reading, and spending time with close friends. I also love to express myself through dance and music. In addition to substitute teaching, I also tutor and lead "Conscious Breathwork" classes around Philly.

Imagination sparks joy like nothing else in the world. We’ve all learned from a young age that reading is the best way to tune in to the endless possibilities of our minds. So, let’s share this gift of exploration and reading with our youth. It is time for Philadelphia to overcome insufficient reading levels and take on the young explorers who are ready to make positive changes within our city! Let us ignite a passion for knowledge while inspiring a lifelong love of reading amongst our local youth!

The time to celebrate our 6th Annual Children’s Book Drive is finally here! From March 11th-April 26th, join us in eradicating the city of Philadelphia’s book deserts. We are inspired by the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week! With the theme being, “Read Now. Read Forever.”, we continue to encourage local youth to cherish the joy of reading, learning and growing.

Save & share this image, using the hashtag #EOCBookDrive to spread awareness about our mission!

Please donate new and gently used children’s books only! You can also make a monetary donation, to assist with the purchase of new books, using one of our fundraising apps.


Cash App: $EducatorsOnCall

Infants to eighth graders.

If you have any questions about how you can get involved in giving the gift of reading to our youth in Philadelphia, please feel free to give us a call at (888)248-4898 or send us an email at


(Drop off to any of the below locations at the available time slots!)

Educators On Call Office
Archways Professional Building
413 Johnson St, Suite 214
Jenkintown, PA 19046
10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Amalgam Comics
2578 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Monday-Friday: 7 A.M. - 8 P.M
Saturday: 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.
Sunday: 10 A.M.- 6 P.M

Dreams Ice Cream Factory
33 E. Glenside Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038
Monday-Sunday: 5 P.M. - 10 P.M.

Sweet Escape Cupcakery
723 West Ave.
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Tuesday: 12 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Wednesday & Thursday: 11 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Friday & Saturday: 11 A.M. - 7 P.M.

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.

“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human...One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

SHE IS a Children’s & Women’s Rights Activist and a voice for underprivileged females across the world. As the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she continues to fearlessly demand that young girls be provided with the best possible education.

“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”

SHE IS a Burmese political leader, author, and activist. She strongly chose to remain under house arrest for over 15 years when she was forcibly demanded to leave her country and it’s people behind. She eventually went on to become the leader of the National League for Democracy and even won a Nobel Peace Prize for honoring her people so genuinely.

Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

SHE IS an American Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist. By creating the Agricultural Workers Association, she worked hard to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers. She is a hero in the Latino community. In her brief career of being an Elementary School teacher, she witnessed a number of students who would attend class without decent clothing or enough food. This burdened her heart heavily but eventually allowed her to become a part of founding Stockton’s Community Services Organization. Together, they stood to spread awareness on voting rights, discrimination and police brutality against Mexican-Americans.

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”

SHE IS a philanthropist, actress, and leader. She is an activist for Children’s Rights, as she proposed on creating a nationwide database of convicted child abusers in 1994 to spread awareness and bring an end to abuse. Winfrey founded Family for Better Lives foundation and has donated a plethora of money to various charities and programs in and outside of the country.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

SHE IS an American anthropologist, author, and motivator. This Philadelphia-born scholar was famous for her work in science and her studies on the psychology and culture of the people of Oceania. Mead used her voice to speak out on issues concerning women’s rights, child rearing, racial relations and much more.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

SHE IS a Womanist, writer and Civil Rights Activist. She is known as a warrior in the community, as she’s utilized her creative abilities to fight diligently against racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.

“I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.”

SHE IS an American tennis player and motivator. This revolutionary athlete has become a symbol of strength, with her fierce attitude towards her sport and lifestyle. She is a role model to women everywhere, encouraging them to fight double standards and unapologetically accept greatness.

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

SHE IS the very first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was an author and teacher as well, eager to share her experiences and knowledge with the world. She was known to push women to fight the social norms and become the best versions of themselves, without restriction. Her legacy promises us that anything is possible simply if we want it to be.

“Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.”

SHE IS an educator, women’s rights leader, and advisor. She aided in helping educate African-American student after the war and later became a co-founder of an organization that funds scholarships for black students. Working as an advisor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she became a great change maker in the world of education, especially serving African-American youth.

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.”

SHE IS the very first African-American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. She is a novelist, poet, and professor who dedicated most of her life’s work on bringing awareness to the struggles and strength of the black woman.

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.