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.