Life as a Substitute Teacher (part one)


Life as a Substitute Teacher (part one)
For several years in my working career I was employed as a substitute teacher. Presently I find myself back in the profession for yet another round of substitute teaching. The last time I subbed was about ten years ago. I wasn’t able to start subbing until January of this year as I had to wait a couple of months to get my necessary documents processed. So far I have only been called four times. The first day out was hard on the system. It was a decent gig but I felt very stressed as I had been out of the business for so long. When I came home I had a flare up of my fibromyalgia symptoms with the accompanying muscle pain. All the same it was a moral victory for me as I had survived my first assignment of the year. Three more calls followed this one and I was feeling more relaxed.
The life of a substitute teacher is a strange one. It is a lifestyle characterized by uncertainty. I get up around 5:30 AM each morning in the hope that I will get a call from the sub clerk. If you have been away from the business for an extended period of time like I have it can be really difficult to establish yourself, Even substitute teachers who have been in the game a long time are not guaranteed an assignment every day. One must get up in the morning and take their chances.

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