Hayley Franklin serves as a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools in Kentucky and is also an elected official on the Carroll County City Council. She is currently a Coordinator for Carroll County Champions encouraging a drug-free lifestyle for her community.
Do you have a funny story from your substitute teaching experiences?
One day I subbed for eighth graders. I was walking through the hall, and a young student walked up to me and said, “Hi, I’m Brandon. You must be the new student. What’s your name?” I thought this was the funniest thing, and it made my day. I said, “No, Brandon, I’m your teacher for the day. Come on in and have a seat.” He was very polite, and it was a sweet gesture. We had a laugh about it later.
One story that impacted me as sub was…
When I taught second graders for a few days in a row, and they got to know me. I told them I would have to leave them soon, and they all made me cards with my name lovingly misspelled. I still have the cards to this day and cherish them.
Do you have a tip to share with fellow substitutes?
Tips that I would share with fellow substitutes would be to have the most patience possible with the students. They’re being thrown into a temporary situation, just as you have been, and it’s important to create a positive atmosphere so they are able to trust you for the day or for a longer period of time.
Why do you choose to be a substitute educator?
I chose to be a substitute teacher so I could have a flexible job that allowed me to make a difference in a child’s life. I was also a North Key Community Support Worker at the time and knew how important it was for students to have positive role models in their life. The flexible schedule also allowed me to finish my degree.
Are you a substitute teacher? Share your stories, tips, and experiences in the comments!