Pros and Cons of Preferred Substitutes in Schools

If you’re looking at the subject of a preferred substitute teacher through the eyes of a classroom teacher, the logic is pretty simple. It’s the same way that one might look at having a preferred painter, or repair person, or a preferred car wash, for example. When you count on someone to do a job and they knock it out of the park, generally one will return to that person for more business. It’s the same way for a classroom teacher who’s been out of the classroom and had to depend on a substitute teacher to keep the ship afloat in his/her absence. When a teacher returns and finds the room spotless, and no bad reports, and all tasks completed that teacher will more than likely want that particular substitute teacher to return for future work, hence “preferred substitute.” Are there pros and cons? Well, it depends on how you look at it. As a substitute teacher, if you look at it as a challenge of making lemonade out of lemons, then there will be more pros than cons! Let’s go over some possible pros and cons, and let’s start with the cons first.

Possible Cons of a “Preferred” Substitute in School.

Naturally, if a particular campus has a list of preferred substitute teachers, or if a certain teacher has his/her personal choice for a substitute, it could be harder for a new substitute to get a good footing in a school. But this can be the situation for any profession. If you have your mind set on substituting at one particular campus and you’re finding it hard to get a call because that school has established a “go to” list for their subs, then take the initiative and sell yourself! Do whatever it takes! If it means dropping by the lounge with a box of donuts and saying to the teachers… “Hey, I’m a excellent substitute and I’d like a chance if your regular substitute is unable to take an assignment.” You can also call or drop by and visit with the campus secretary. As a substitute teacher, if you’re going to “get in good” with anyone, you better choose the secretary! She’s the one who usually makes the phone calls to call substitutes, and her job can be overwhelming at times. So if you personally introduce yourself to her, hand her a business card and tell her you really, really just want a chance, that in itself will go a long way! So, yes, if you want to know the cons of having the preferred substitute system in place at a certain school, the biggest and maybe only con there is at all is that there’s others in front of you. But that’s life. We’re always waiting in a line somewhere, aren’t we?

The Pros of a “Preferred” Substitute in School.

There are so many pros for a substitute teacher who works in a school that recognizes a substitute as one who is “preferred.” Not only does “preferred” substitute look and sound great on a resume, but also word gets around about you that you’re knowledgeable, dependable, responsible and have an eye for detail. All of this means that you’ll continue to get calls and your paycheck will be steady. Additionally, if you’re a substitute teacher who’s working toward his/her education degree, having a preferred substitute teacher status means that you have a much greater chance of easing into a contract position at that campus when you complete your degree. You are basically a walking billboard if you’re a substitute teacher who is trying to finish an education degree and get certified. So, if you’ve been selected as that “go to” preferred substitute at a particular campus or school district, you’re a lot closer to getting a full time teaching job in the future because you’ve already made a positive impact on certain faculty and administrators.

So continue to think positive and know that if you have your eye set on a particular campus, anything’s possible! Good luck with your endeavors and should you have any additional questions remember that SubSidekick is just a phone call away. Feel free to contact us anytime!

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”― Malala Yousafzai

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