Why are Goshen schools struggling to find substitute teachers?
Posted: 09/25/2013 at 1:13 pm
By: Lydia Sheaks
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West Goshen Elementary School second grade teacher Mindy Park assists students in a crowded hallway as students and teachers alike settle in to the first day of school in Goshen Friday, August 10, 2012. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Goshen High School student Christian Soto, left, listens to teacher Tim Koontz during health class Wednesday, March 21, 2012. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Goshen High School teacher Tim Koontz, standing, calls on students for answers during health class Wednesday, March 21, 2012. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Mark Yoder, English Learners teacher at Waterford Elementary works with a small reading group on Dec. 9, 2011. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Marceil Royer, assistant superintendent of human resources for Goshen Community School, reported during a school board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24, that one of the challenges the schools are facing is a lack of quality substitute teachers.
Royer said later that many people who had been substitute teaching for Goshen Schools have found regular jobs elsewhere.
“It’s because the economy has picked up, and people are doing other jobs,” Royer said after the meeting. “Also, we’ve hired a lot of our substitute teachers into full-time teaching positions.”
She added that additional Title I funds have made it possible for the school corporation to hire about 15 former substitute teachers. That’s made the pool of substitute teachers much smaller, however.
So what would a person need to be a substitute teacher at Goshen schools?
Royer said all substitute teachers must have at least 60 hours of college credit. Also, they need to be able to relate well to students, follow the regular teacher’s lesson plans and take their job seriously.
“We try to refer to our substitute teachers as ‘guest teachers,’” Royer said. “That brings some respect to the position.”
Substitute teacher job descriptions and instructions on how to apply are posted on the Goshen schools website under “Employment at GCS.”