What does a Head Substitute Teacher do?

Substitute teachers are responsible for providing instruction and managing classroom environments in absence of the regular teacher. Substitute teachers are required to perform all of the duties of the teacher that they are subbing for. They usually report to the principal at the location to which they are assigned. Substitute assignments can be for just a day, a week, or sometimes for longer periods depending on the absence period of the regular teacher.

Substitute teacher are usually required to have a Bachelor's degree and a teaching credential. Substitute teachers often start substituting on a career path to become a full time classroom teacher.

What responsibilities are common for Head Substitute Teacher jobs?
  • Implement and teache lesson plans and instructions as directed by the absent teacher, or consult with principal or other responsible staff if lesson plan is not provided
  • Maintain a clean, respectful, and orderly classroom, and follow classroom and school procedures as directed by the school
  • Leaves notes or completes a Substitute Teacher Report Form for the regular teacher at the end of the teaching day
  • Communicate in a friendly and positive manner towards parents, students, and administrators
  • Keep records on attendance, accidents and incidents
  • Protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Ensure the safety of students at all times
What are the typical qualifications for Head Substitute Teacher jobs?
  • High school diploma or GED, Bachelor's degree, or between 30 and 60 college semester hours (depending on state or type of school)
  • Valid teaching credential preferred
  • Experience working with children and students preferred
  • Ability to communicate comfortably (written and orally) with students, parents/guardians, administrators, and others
  • Ability to follow and enforce rules, policies, and procedures
  • Frequent walking, standing, stooping, and lifting of up to approximately 30 pounds may be required
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Ability to pass a background check
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.1 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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Kelly ServicesKelly Services
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Apr 30, 2022

“If you want experience teaching this is a great way to start and find what age group you like working with”

Anchorage School DistrictAnchorage School District
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May 4, 2022

“The schedule as a sub is amazing and provides so much freedom to work and play as you please.”

Katy Independent School DistrictKaty Independent School District
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Aug 15, 2020

“Incredibly flexible: you choose if you want to work each day and where you want to work.”

State of MinnesotaState of Minnesota
Oct 3, 2020

“The Department I worked in used to be a great place to work and I loved my job.”

Huntsville City SchoolsHuntsville City Schools
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Jul 5, 2022

“Being pulled last minute to cover classes other than what I was assigned to cover long”

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School DistrictMatanuska-Susitna Borough School District
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Apr 7, 2020

“I was great to work with so many of of the fantastic employees in the elementary schools throughout the district!”

Children's InstituteChildren's Institute
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Dec 16, 2020

“I’d give this company one star if it weren’t for the Sub Supervisors who are great to work with.”

Alpine School District (Utah)Alpine School District (Utah)
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Dec 14, 2021

“There is not enough pay for someone who isn't retired or working another job.”

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