I joined the substitute teaching pool in September when we moved to Davis. I am an experienced classroom teacher, with a valid California teaching credential. The classrooms in the Davis school district are always welcoming and I am provided with plans that are well-prepared.
Being a sub means at the end of my day, I do not take home papers to grade. I do not have future lessons to plan and meetings with parents. I do not spend weekends working in the classroom and evenings after a long day for Back to School Night and Open House.
It is vital that the contracted classroom teachers are highly compensated. Their day extends beyond the final bell. When the Davis school district is making budget plans, please ensure that these dedicated professionals are first with any pay raises, and a reduction in class size is also on the budget “must haves.”
Teachers and staff always thank me for my service, and on every one of my 63 days subbing, at least one student has also said “Thank you.” That appreciation makes my sub pay worth so much more than the daily rate stated in the article.