National Education Week – Celebration of Substitute Educators Day | Details – Charles County Public Schools | Team Cansler

Natarsha Williams was familiar with working with children when she applied to be a substitute teacher at Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) a few years ago. While living in Washington, DC, she worked as a teaching assistant (IA) and coached cheerleading. As a substitute working at several elementary schools – including Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy and Dr. James Craik Primary Schools – enjoys working with young children.

You never know what or who you might let walk into an elementary school classroom. “You have to understand that in the classroom you’re dealing with multiple personalities at once,” Williams said.

Getting into a school for an assignment always changes from day to day. A deputy jumps in where there is a need, goes where he is needed. “Helping where it’s needed isn’t always what you choose, but there is a need and maybe you can offer something to a child that they’re missing,” Williams said.

Nancy Lytle has been acting for eight years and spent her final year at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School. Most recently she was in first grade. It goes well with Lytle, who said that first grade is her favorite class to teach. “I think first grade lays the foundation for a lot of learning.”

Having a firm assignment for a specific period of time is a plus, but those who represent are used to being flexible and willing to tackle something new for the day.

“I sign almost every day with Dr. Mudd,” said Darlene Penny, a retired CCPS secretary. “Although I may not know my job until I arrive for the day.” Penny worked for the FBI before taking a job at CCPS. She started out as a temp before getting a job as a secretary at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. After retiring from this position after 15 years, she was able to Dr. Mudd did not stay away and returned to the school as a substitute. That was four years ago. “I enjoy subscribing,” Penny said, adding that she has a passion for being in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms and seeing students grow up. “It’s so refreshing to hear kids talk to me and hug me because they remember I substituted in in their classrooms.”

To work as a substitute teacher at CCPS, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and provide references with the application. After checking the references, the candidates complete a four-hour orientation course. All new hires at CCPS are subject to a background check and fingerprinting.

Substitute teachers who complete at least 12 assignments in a month for CCPS will receive a $150 incentive included in the previous month’s end paycheck. In recent months, 126 substitute teachers have earned the incentive – 53 in September and 73 in October. Four representatives worked 20 days in September, 25 between 16 and 19 days and 24 between 12 and 15 days during the first full school month.

In October, five substitute teachers recorded 20 working days, 26 worked between 16 and 19 days, and 42 worked between 12 and 15 days.

To apply to be a substitute teacher and complete the online application, click here. The representative office is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 301-934-7233. To learn more about the requirements for substitute teachers, click here.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provide academically rich education to 27,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Charles County Public Schools in southern Maryland has 37 schools that offer technologically advanced, progressive, and quality education that builds character, equips for leadership, and prepares students for life, careers, and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (Students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (Employees/Adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, PO Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations, call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides non-discriminatory, equal access to school facilities to certain youth groups (including but not limited to the Boy Scouts) in accordance with its Facility Use Rules.

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