“Why I Sub”: Substitute Teachers Share Their Stories

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Swing Education substitute teachers have different backgrounds and live in different places, but share a passion for helping students succeed. To that end, we recently asked our substitute teachers to share their stories: What inspired them to get into subbing, and why do they find it to be such a meaningful profession?

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Here are some of their responses:

“I sub because I know what it feels like as the general ed teacher to leave your students. I want to make sure that the students don’t miss out on their “aha” moment just because their regular teacher is not in class. Every day matters, so it matters to have a great sub, and that’s what I aspire to be.”

-Jennifer “Jeni” W

“I sub because I love being able to go into a different school or different classroom every day and create an environment that is both inclusive and safe all the while Bridging the Gap between students and their teachers. I love being able to identify with different classes and different techniques and admire the effort in which teachers put forth. Being a teacher is an ever-growing profession and you are learning everyday you’re in a new environment. I have recently been teaching in Australia, England and now I get to visit my family and friends back home. Swing Education has allowed me to continue traveling and share my passion with other countries but feel supported to teach whenever I come back home!”

-Mary MT

“I sub because in the school I go to there aren’t many teachers that look like the students in the schools. I have had students surprised by having a black male sub and how it positively affects classroom behavior. I appreciate the flexibility in schedule and to just be present in these classrooms and students appreciate it. I feel like I am able to make an impact.”

-Mike B

“I sub because the next generation is our future leaders, politicians, health care professionals, trade workers, lawyers, etc. What better impact than to personally inspire and encourage greatness. Teaching gives a platform to lift others up, inspire, and challenge students to become the best version of themselves. I change the world by changing 1 life.”

-Lauren B

“I always wanted to be a teacher, but now that I have my son substitute teaching allows me to be in a classroom with students and still being home to care for my son as much as possible.”

-Courtney T

“I sub because I love the flexibility of my schedule while still being able to continue to work in education. I want to get back into a classroom full time, and subbing lets me try out different grades and schools every day!”

-Jennifer P.

“I sub because students need mentors to take place in teaching them the tools for success when their teachers or schools can’t. Traveling to new schools becomes a learning experience that helps me better understand the different needs of different areas. I have had the privilege to inspire young students to turn around and become successful academically, and that is truly why I enjoy it.”

-Silbia B

“I sub because I love being a part of educating children. As a former teacher and administrator, I know how important it is to have qualified educators in front of children making a difference!”

-Benita L

“I became a guest teacher because I love the flexibility of choosing which schools to support and the days that fit into my schedule. Reviewing diverse lesson plans throughout the school year stimulates teacher awareness, and it’s rewarding to be a positive role model to the kids!”

-Deshon S

“I sub because I love being a part of educational development of a student and I love kids. The schedule is really flexible and it is a learning experience for myself to be patient and refresh my knowledge on various subject matters. It is a huge opportunity to meet a lot of different people every single day.”

-Pradeep K

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6 Comments on ““Why I Sub”: Substitute Teachers Share Their Stories”

  1. I am currently a relief (substitute) teacher in Australia (South Australia). I am interested in professional development and I believe that I will be able to read interesting articles about education through your well-informed website. I’m interested in the newsletters. Thank you.

  2. After working in the office over 20 years, I began to see the struggle of my two youngest children. I began to homeschool them for a school year and was offered to sub as I made a decision to place them back in public school. Also, my passion to assist the school system, administrators, faculty, parents and staff to help students reach their greatest potential, express the importance of education and to facilitate a body of excellence in education for each student individually.

  3. I’m completing a Master’s degree this year totally unrelated to teaching. I have 2 children who are very active in after school activities. I think substitute teaching will be great so that I can work part time while do other things I want to pursue as well all the while being able to be out of school when my children are in time to take them to their after school activities. The flexibility of not being confined to one class room everyday sounds amazing.

  4. I have made a career out of substituting I enjoy the students and appreciate the teachers assisting me in the lesson plans I give my input telling the students no one can take away your education and do your best everyday being a new experience and always add your special qualities to each assignment. I wish there was a way I could continue helping online but so far have not been requested to accept assignments on line. Teachers deserve more pay and more should be hired for smaller classrooms at this time so this generation benefits not suffer during this crisis. Ty Sheila

  5. I have been subbing for 12 years now. I want to make an impact in my community so helping children is how I do that. I am a full-time student and a full-time substitute. I am completing my Master’s and will be teaching high school when I am done. I have had many experiences and my main goal is to be helpful to students when their teacher is not able to be with them. I enjoy being in the classroom and I especially like when they make me laugh. I work in one building as a preferred sub so the kids know me. It makes my job a little bit easier but I have been to many schools during my career. I hope that they remember me as being helpful, caring, and nurturing. One act of kindness is all it takes to be remembered for a lifetime.

  6. I sub because my secondary education district hasn’t seen itself to giving me a contract. I’ve made enemies but even so since they love having their “warm bodies with a pulse” they keep me around.
    Still all in all and despite everything, despite the restorative practices trend in discipline I’ve somehow managed to be successful overall of maintaining classroom discipline and implementing successful learning environments wherever I land. The challenge has been walking through the minefield of teachers who take exception to me having taken some initiative in classroom structure so as to better implement discipline and administrators who are more supportive of kids who don’t understand that a classroom is for learning and not their romper room or comedy Central.

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