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  • Writer's pictureTara Aldrich

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

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 Breadth-work" classes around Philly.

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  • Writer's pictureTara Aldrich

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

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

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.

WHAT TO DONATE: 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.

OUR FUNDRAISING APPS: Cash App: $EducatorsOnCall PayPal:

WHO IS IT FOR: Infants to eighth graders.

OUR CONTACT INFO: 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


COLLECTION SITE SPONSORS: (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 Monday-Friday 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.

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  • Writer's pictureTara Aldrich

Read more about Esther, our awesome March sub of the month!

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.

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