International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
In Praise of Substitute Teachers

Abstract

 

Poor pay and little recognition, that is the lot of high school substitute teachers in Silicon Valley. Having walked in their shoes for more than a year, I can attest to their plight. They deserve better. Districts employ two types of substitutes: on-call for daily assignments and temporary teachers for a specific duration. My adventure as an on-call substitute began four years ago. I returned to education following a thirty-year hiatus as a Silicon Valley Real Estate Broker. Prior to my real estate experience, I held a variety of different positions in education: High School English and History Teacher, Supervisor of University Intern Teachers, Vice Principal, Principal, Director of Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership.