Why are Goshen schools struggling to find substitute teachers?
GOSHEN — An uptick in the local economy is causing a problem for Goshen schools.
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.”