Substitute of the Month
Substitute of the Month spotlights outstanding substitutes in our district for going the extra mile.
Nominations are made on a monthly basis from each of our campuses and one to two outstanding Partners in Education are recognized and selected as the super substitute for that month.
2022-23 Super Substitutes
November 2022 Recipients
“Barbara is extremely pleasant, always smiling and happy. She loves Summit and loves our kids as we do. She will show new subs on our campus to their classroom and will check on new subs to see if they need any help. She is always early so that we may have a moment to chat; she is a friend of our school”
– Nominated by Summit High School
“Mrs. Rico has been a tremendous help in class going above and beyond to help all students and has helped Co-teach. When you see her she is prepared for any occasion with her apron full of supplies, her journal, & binder. She goes out of her way so often to help those around her. Thank you for everything!”
– Nominated by T.A. Howard Middle School
“She was our long-term substitute for 1st grade. She was here before the school year started to make sure the classroom was ready for the students. She really went above and beyond for both the students and the teacher. She was 100% committed.” – Nominated by Brenda Norwood Elementary
“Dana 'Mark' Wilson – He has been a regular substitute at Legacy for quite some time. He agreed to start this year in a Social Studies position. He is extremely dependable and organized. He works excellently with the students. He is greatly appreciated!!!” – Nominated by Legacy High School
“Ms. Salama is such a joy to see on campus! She shows grace and compassion to all of our Vikings. The kids love her and honor her in all of the classrooms that she is in. Her knowledge of students with disabilities is a great asset to our school, as well as her willingness to help wherever she is asked.”
– Nominated by Charlotte Anderson Preparatory Academy
“Ms. Parikh is always willing to fill in even on a last minute request. She is always trying to find ways to make things run smoothly and better. She is so dependable and cheerful. Her heart is definitely for the kids.””
– Nominated by Mary Lillard Intermediate School
- March 2021 Super Substitute
- February 2021 Super Substitute
- January 2021 Super Substitute
- December 2020 Super Substitute
- November 2020 Super Substitute
- October 2020 Super Substitute
- September 2020 Super Substitute
Rogene Worley Middle School
Staff at Worley Middle had this to say about Super Sub, Kehinde Akande
We are so blessed to have Mrs. Akande as a substitute at Rogene Worley Middle School.
Combine COVID with being a substitute in a middle school environment might sound like the perfect storm to most anyone else; however, our Mrs. Akande has handled it with grace and tenacity. The students report her as being both helpful and caring. She does all the things we hope for with a visiting teacher: she helps students with their work, and she encourages successful behaviors. However, since taking on the long-term sub position for one of our SpEd teachers, she has done even more. She follows up AFTER the class time with each of her students to ensure they are all on track. Her students perform well for her, because they know she is on their side.
The teachers see her as a deliverer! When a teacher leaves lesson plans for her, they’re carried out as written, but more than that, she makes sure that all the students that day fully understand the lessons. She handles each classroom as if they were her own, lending a hand to both students and teachers when needed. She is consistent, polite, patient and has a big heart.
Legacy High School
Staff at Legacy High had this to say about Super Sub, Letta Jordan
Letta Jordan has been an amazing asset to Legacy High School this year. She has over 20 years of service in area school districts and has navigated through all of the changes in our new learning environment this year. Letta has learned how to access the google drive for lesson plans and regularly holds Teams meetings for classes. She comes in everyday and covers any and all classes without question.
We have come to depend on Letta and greatly appreciate her! Thank you, Ms. Jordan!
Staff at Rendon Elementary had this to say about Super Sub, Drucilla Browning
Tarver-Rendon is extremely blessed to have Mrs. Browning as part of our Rendon family.
We truly believe it takes a special person to do the job of a substitute teacher, and not just do the job, but do the job well. Many subs have come through our school and while they are all much appreciated, none are more loved and well-known than our incredible substitute, Drucilla Browning.
You can ask any teacher at Tarver-Rendon, and they will agree that Drucilla Browning is hands down our shining star!
Staff members know that when "Dru" picks up their sub job, their class will be in good hands. Her years of experience show in the way she handles any class she covers for. She can take any lesson plans left and turn them into a magical and engaging day of learning with each student.
Mrs. Browning has a very loving and nurturing demeanor about her, and you can tell that she cares about and has a heart for the students. She treats each child as if they were her own.
Dru is known for going above and beyond whenever she works. You will often see her in the copy room running copies or cutting out laminate for other teachers on her conference period. She is always volunteering to lend a helping hand wherever she can.
Dru is dependable and committed to serving our school and our students. We are so thankful and appreciative to have such a wonderful and hardworking lady taking care of our students when we must be away.
Alice Ponder Elementary
Staff at Ponder Elementary had this to say about Super Sub, Melissa Lowe
Melissa is such a pleasure to work with. She is very flexible and such a team player. She is good at her job and very caring with the students!
Melissa is AWESOME! She jumps right in and does more than is expected of her.
Melissa Lowe is an outstanding sub, because she makes a concerted effort to learn our student’s names and tries to get to know a little about them. She also thinks ahead and asks about our family and if we may need her to cover for us during their doctor visits. She tries to reply quickly when ask to substitute. I always feel confident that she will do an outstanding job with the lesson plans and with the students.
Ms. Lowe is just hands down an awesome person. She shows up consistently (even during this crazy pandemic) and always has a smile on her face. We’ve had to move her to other classes before when she arrives, and she’s always flexible and has a positive attitude. She does more than what is asked or expected of her and helps out wherever she can. The students all know her and love her! She’s great with the kids.
Both of my kids (who are students at Ponder) LOVE Ms. Lowe and talk about all the things they did in class on the days she subs...and it's not all fun and games! She helps them LEARN!
Janet Brockett Elementary
Staff at Brockett Elementary had this to say about Super Sub Ashton Willis
Ms. Willis is an absolutely incredible substitute! She has a natural talent for teaching that is obvious in everything she does. She comes to work each day with a smile on her face and a great attitude. She is always willing to take on extra responsibility to help out the campus and our team. We are lucky to have her!
Ms. Willis has been an amazing asset to our team. She is a natural in the classroom and always willing to help in any way she can. She is a hard worker and a team player with a great attitude!
Brooks Wester Middle
Staff at Wester Middle School had this to say about Super Sub, Perry Hill
Mr. Hill works for Wester every day we need him and is always willing to help where needed, sometimes even changing his personal plans to be at Wester.
With this year being so challenging and ever changing, Mr. Hill adapts to the quick changes always taking place and is a team player.
Mr. Hill is not a sub to us he is a part of the staff. Honestly, I'm not sure what we would do without him this year and want him to know how much he is appreciated!
Mary Jo Sheppard
Staff at Sheppard Elementary had this to say about Super Sub, Judy Baughman
A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others. It's the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom. This describes Judy! Judy will happily sub any day that she is available. She stays so busy that her calendar is usually filled up early in the year. She will correctly do any and all work that we leave for her, and it will be graded, too! I feel very confident to be gone when Judy is my sub!
Judy loves our Mary Jo Sheppard students like we do! And they ADORE her!
Judy Baughman is dependable, loving, nurturing, and has a heart for everyone. She loves each one as if they are her own.
Judy Baughman is the BEST! I can always count on her helping my kids with their writing and for that I am OH SO VERY THANKFUL! My kids love when she subs for us!
She’s extremely committed and always has a fun and positive way of teaching. She’s super friendly and has tons of experience.
- February 2020 Super Substitute
- January 2020 Super Substitute
- December 2019 Super Substitutes
- November 2019 Super Substitutes
- October 2019 Super Substitutes
- September 2019 Super Substitutes
Dr. Jandrucko Early Learners Academy
Staff at The Academy had this to say about Super Sub, Madhu Puri
"Mrs. Puri is a joy to have on our campus. Madhu welcomes all staff and learners with a smile and kind words."
"Madhu is committed to making a difference in the lives of all children. She is always willing to fill in at a moment's notice."
"The staff loves Mrs. Puri and thanks her for being a part of The Academy family!"
Elizabeth Smith Elementary
Staff at Elizabeth Smith had this to say about Super Sub, Ambareen Kahn"Ms. Khan always shows kindness and patience with our students. She steps into our classroom and immediately assists to meet the varying needs of our students."
"Ms. Khan is amazing with our Pre-K kids and they love her so much. She treats the children in our class like they are her own. Mrs. Khan is kind and has a BIG heart. We love her and are so thankful for all she does for Pre-K!"
"Ms. Khan has great, positive energy. She is very patient with all students. She adapts well to our routines and is always willing to take initiative even during challenging situations."
"Ms. Khan is someone that I can call on at all times - including when I am short on subs. She is very flexible and is willing to cover any grade level or class. She always has a smile on her face and has a true loving, caring way with the students."
Annette Perry Elementary
Staff at Annette Perry had this to say about Super Sub Talisha Reeves
Talisha is MAGNIFICENT!! She loves our students and takes pride in doing a great job! She is our campus #1 go-to sub when we have an absence! I always know my students will be in good hands. She’s extremely dependable, organized and she is always willing to fill in where needed. Ms. Reeves does a great job building relationships with students and staff. The kiddos love her very much!
Erma Nash Elementary
Staff at Erma Nash had this to say about Super Sub Monica White
Monica has been a regular sub at Erma Nash for quite some time. Our day in the office is automatically brightened by her warm smile from the moment that she arrives. Her initiative with our Tiny Tigers goes above and beyond the description of her job duties and our Tiny Tigers absolutely love her. We appreciate her from the bottom of our hearts.
Charlotte Anderson Elementary
Staff at Charlotte Anderson had this to say about Super Sub Nahid Alturkmani
"Mrs. A is 'A'mazing!!! She does everything just the way you ask, and she goes above and beyond to work with all students so they are successful with behavior."
"I feel like Ms. A is part of our team! Her energy, enthusiasm and love for our students shines! I never worry if I am out and Ms. A is my sub!"
"Ms. A always has the best attitude and is such an excellent sub! She cares so much for the students and it shows in her teaching."
"Mrs. A is a lovely lady. She is always willing to help and has a genuine love for the students. I’m always happy to have her as part of our team."
Linda Jobe Middle
Staff at Jobe Middle had this to say about Super Sub Kimberly Pedroza“Mrs. Pedroza is always smiling and encouraging kids to do their very best. She leaves great notes and even came by when I returned to make sure everything was done correctly while I was gone. The kids enjoy having her and said she was very kind and patient with them.”
”Mrs. Pedroza is passionate about kids! She is very genuine and welcoming to the students and holds them to the same standards as the classroom teacher. She follows plans left by the teacher, and the students enjoy having her as a sub.”
“Mrs. Pedroza is great with kids! She is thorough and efficient with collecting the assignment and leaves detailed notes about each of my classes.”
Carol Holt Elementary
Staff at Carol Holt had this to say about Super Sub Teresa Walker
"Ms. Walker consistently steps right into our classroom and immediately helps to meet the varying needs of our students."
"She always shows kindness and patience while teaching and helping our students with their needs."
"Her dependability and willingness to fill in with us for three weeks made a huge positive impact on our classroom while we filled an opening."
"She is an asset to us here at Carol Holt PPCD!”
James Coble Middle
Staff at Coble Middle had this to say about Super Sub Pamela Wilson"Ms. Wilson is loved by all teachers and students at Coble Middle School. Teachers feel comfortable having her sub for their classes because they know that their lesson plans will be followed accordingly."
"Our students enjoy having Ms. Wilson sub for them. She truly cares about our students and wants to see them do their best."
"Ms. Wilson is always willing to help out when we need last minute coverage. She welcomes any changes to her schedule with a smile."
"The staff and teachers at Coble are thankful to have Ms. Wilson on our team!”
Asa Low Intermediate
Staff at Asa Low had this to say about Super Sub Amy Parker
“Amy is always willing to take a half or full day to help the teachers at Asa Low attend training, tend to sick children or handle emergencies. She always smiles at and treats the students with respect. She is a huge part of our Asa Low family!”
“She does a fantastic job building relationships with the students and they look forward to her return.”
“Amy is on my 'short list' for good reasons! She's reliable, professional, kind, conscientious and I trust her with my students!”
“Amy Parker is an absolute rock star! She is dependable, capable and a true team player. I always feel great about leaving my students in Amy’s care."
Anna May Daulton Elementary
Staff at Daulton Elementary had this to say about Super Sub Colt Casner“Mr. Casner always goes the extra mile to make the kids at Daulton feel special. He is caring, patient, kind and hardworking. I have enjoyed watching his interactions with the students. What a great blessing he is to our campus!”
“He is always willing to work anywhere, always has a smile and the kids love him.”
“It’s very obvious that Mr. Casner truly enjoys coming to work with students every single day! His love for teaching and growing the minds of students show and my students love having him sub for our class!”
“He genuinely cares about the kids and he wants to watch them grow and become amazing learners. He also makes learning for the kids so much FUN!"
“Without our substitutes, we really can’t continue the learning process...they’re a very critical aspect of Mansfield ISD and our vision, our mission and our goals.” - Dr. TRACEY Patton, Executive Director of Human resource Services