I started substitute teaching in mid-January. My background is in International Marketing but before that, I had always contemplated teaching. So, fast forward and now I’m able to help out where I’m needed in our school district. It's great being able to help our teachers, especially this year. I love seeing children of all ages and all backgrounds, enjoying the school life. So far, I’ve been to several elementary schools. I've had lunch duty, recess duty and after school car line duty. Totally different than how I used to spend my work days! lol.
I love the chance to teach when I can and encourage the kids at the same time. We live in a diverse school district, and I had a chance to add to a virtual classroom's online library. I worked on adding diversity and inclusion books so the children were exposed to all cultures and backgrounds. It's these little opportunities that help everyone in the long run, I'm just happy it was a project that I was able to participate in. I’m so proud of our school district for being able to have two options for our children- virtual or face-to-face. It’s amazing how they have been able to open schools and keep our children and teachers safe during this Pandemic. I haven’t had an assignment at Lillian’s school just yet, but she’s excited for that to happen.
I’ve taken on several assignments …I’ve been a virtual teacher a few times now, first grade teacher and also an Assistant PE coach. That last one was great because it was so different and also very active. I kept telling the coach I was just amazed at his ability to do this 5
days a week! That school day, I clocked 6 miles which was over 12,000 steps! I always admired our teachers but being a substitute teacher has really opened my eyes even more. It’s been really good for me. I’ll be at a middle school later this week as a Choral teacher…wish me luck! And with this being a flexible job, I can still volunteer a few times a month as a driver for Meals on Wheels. That is also very important to me....but once we Adopt, I will be spending my time with him/her at home and spending my time with Lillian. With the Pandemic, both of these opportunities have needed help and I'm happy that I can help.
I hope that this post makes you smile. We can all remember a few substitute teachers we had.
All the best,
Ashley (and Todd)