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Calling all subs (and wannabe subs)

School district invites community to learn what it takes to be a substitute teacher

The Mountain View Whisman School District is looking for a few good subs.

"If you have a four-year college degree, you are probably eligible to work as a substitute teacher," said a mass email sent out to the district's mailing list.

The district is hosting an informational meeting for anyone interested in learning what they need to do to become a substitute teacher. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the district's main conference room, located at 750-A San Pierre Way.

Superintendent Craig Goldman,acknowledged that looking for substitute teachers among his district's parents was a bit unconventional. Usually, the district just posts job listings on Craigslist or on the education job site, EdJoin. But in a lot of ways, Goldman continued, it makes a lot of sense to reach out directly to the community.

"We shouldn't overlook the potential of our community members to provide the staff and support we need," Goldman said. After all, Mountain View is a highly educated community, and the parents of district students have a diverse set of skills, he said.

Some of those parents probably would like to have some extra work, Goldman said. "It's a way of supporting schools while getting a nice part-time job with flexibility."

As the announcement explains, most people with a four-year college degree are likely eligible to sub. The only other major requirements include a background check and passing the CBEST, or California Basic Educational Skills Test.

The district is in need of more substitute teachers because they have been stepping up their efforts to provide their full-time faculty with more professional development opportunities.

While the district has a sufficient reserve of subs to deal with teachers who call in sick or who go on vacation or leave, it is harder to find enough subs when a large group of teachers want to attend a mid-week professional development event.

Sometimes 20 or 30 teachers will request to attend professional development events during the week, Goldman said. And while the district would like to be able to send them, they need to ensure they have the substitute staff to cover for the day.

Goldman said it is particularly challenging finding substitutes with specialized skills, so he is hoping individuals with a background in science, math, social studies and English will attend the meeting.

For more information, call the district office at 650-526-3500.

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