The Three Most Important People
Walking through the doors of a new school as a substitute teacher can be a bit stressful and overwhelming. It’s only natural to seek other people to serve as part of your support system. Here are the three most important people who you will need to establish a strong connection with to start of the school year right.
The secretary in the main office
Anyone who has ever worked in a school will agree with utmost certainty that the secretary is one of the most important and powerful people in the building. Chances are, you will meet the secretary when you sign in and receive your keys in the morning. The secretary will be the one who can alert you to events happening in the school and will also provide you with important materials such as a building map, rosters, and any other supplies you may need for the day.
The teacher across the hall
It is essential to have a lifeline nearby in the event of a problem in your classroom during the day. When you first arrive at your substitute teaching placement, be sure to introduce yourself to the teacher in the nearest classroom. Throughout the day, feel free to touch base with any questions you may have specific to the day-to-day operation of and the expectation of teachers at that school. Here’s hoping you never find yourself in a situation that warrants it, but in the event of an emergency with a student, the teacher across the hall will prove to be invaluable.
The person who schedules substitute teachers
Even schools that use outside sub services will still have a person in charge of coordinating the day-to-day absences in the building. Sometimes this is a counselor or attendance officer; sometimes it’s a person hired specifically for that responsibility. Regardless, that person ultimately has the authority to decide which substitutes will return to the building and which ones will not. It goes without saying that a good first impression will help establish yourself as a dependable substitute teacher and will encourage the coordinator to keep you in mind for future jobs.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Schools want substitute teachers that they can rely on and trust with a classroom of students. The other adults in the building should be treated like a resource that can help you have a successful day. For more tips on substitute teaching or to learn how you can be easily alerted to new jobs, contact us.