Substitute teachers may be assigned to a campus for a short period of time, but they are a vital part of the Mansfield ISD family.
Substitutes are an extension of MISD teachers. They provide consistency in instruction for students when teachers are out of the classroom.
“Without our substitutes, we really can’t continue the learning process,” said Venetia Sneed, director of human resources development. “So, they’re a very critical aspect of Mansfield ISD and our vision, our mission and our goals.”
Those who are approved to become an MISD substitute teacher go through an extensive training to get initiated into the district. The substitutes learn about every aspect of teaching that will hopefully get them off to a great start.
“I feel not only included; I feel a lot more informed,” said Jordan Geis, a new substitute teacher for the district. “It just makes me feel more secure and more confident whenever you’re walked through it.”
Other than the usual housekeeping items, the training covers the different technology used in classrooms, special education and classroom management.
“The most I got from it was how to deal was behavioral problems because that was the thing that I was not sure about how to do,” Geis added.
To further help the substitutes feel welcome, they were given a free district shirt at the start of the school year and free state fair tickets. Substitutes are encouraged to participate in district initiatives, such as Colors for Caring, and two outstanding ones are chosen each month to be named a Substitute of the Month.
“It takes a lot to be a substitute. We let them know that it’s not an easy job, but it’s a very important job,” said Sneed. “We want them to know that their role in the district is critical to student success. We’re constantly trying to attract and keep our great subs so that the instructional part of the day goes forward even if the regular teacher is not in the classroom.”
MISD has about 545 substitutes on its active roster. Interested parties can apply to become a substitute online. More information is available on the district’s website.