It's a difficult place to make it.
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – February 19, 2018
I was a substitute teacher in DC public schools for about 4 or 5 years, before I moved on to a more permanent position. It's honestly a mixed bag, it depends on where you end up subbing and how often you do it. I subbed in all four corners of the city. Would definitely prefer to stay in Northwest for commuting reasons mainly, but also the culture in those schools seems to be better. Honestly if you are thinking about subbing here or even being a full-time teacher here, really think about your priorities and what you want to do as a professional. If you just want to "make a difference" this city will chew you up and spit you out before Christmas break. But if you want to work, learn, and gain experience and not be an idealist you might stand a chance here.
Difficult and stressful working environment.