Pros: it is very rewarding to work in the public school system
Cons: difficult to learn daily classroom routines each morning
Substitute teaching begins everyday with first ensuring that I know the location of the particular school where I am expected. I learned to quickly read all teacher instructions and determine student schedules before the students arrived in the morning. This dynamic position requires quick thinking, the ability to remain calm while maintaining a positive demeanor in the classroom.
The administrative/management team of each school was different. Some schools were very kind and accommodating to Substitute Teachers while others were dismissive and rude. The hardest part of my job was not having anyone to rely on for help with either a difficult student or a confusing situation.
The most enjoyable part of my job was knowing that I was providing a vital service to the Anchorage and Mat-Su communities.