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Substitute teaching can lead to permanent position

July 21, 2020 - Tips for Teachers

Becoming a substitute teacher is a classic way to get introduced to the profession and build up experience that can be used to become a full-time educator.

That is still true today and the substitute teaching process is robust at Hillsborough County Public Schools, especially for those who have the desire and the ability to convert their substitute experience into a full-time job teaching in Tampa.

Hillsborough Schools works with Kelly Services, a well-respected staffing services agency, to provide substitute teachers throughout the county. Kelly Educational Staffing, a division of Kelly Services, has partnerships in 35 states with more than 5,400 schools throughout the United States.

Hillsborough Schools chooses more than 300 substitutes per year from the Kelly Services pool of substitutes to become trained as full-time teachers in our classrooms. So becoming a substitute teacher early in your career, or even for those in career transition from other fields, is an effective way to learn the ropes.

Being a substitute allows you to teach in Tampa for real – to take charge in a way that a student teacher might not be able to – and perhaps teach at a variety of schools to get a good feel for which part of the county might best suit your lifestyle. You can also make a wide variety of useful contacts, get a good feel for managing classrooms in different situations and make a positive impression on prospective principals.

Key elements in becoming a substitute

It’s important to know that becoming a substitute teacher has its own set of requirements.

At Hillsborough Schools, these are the steps in the process for becoming a substitute teacher, then there will be more steps after educators begin their work as a substitute:

  • A pre-screening, in-depth behavioral interview, five-part background check, education verification and check of your references, all conducted by Kelly Services.
  • Before any interview, Kelly Services conducts a full round of training including scenarios in a classroom setting. Once a substitute is hired, that person goes through a second round of training that is more focused on what Hillsborough County Public Schools expects in their position. Former educators conduct that training.
  • Classroom observation from a retired Hillsborough County principal – several of those veteran administrators now work for Kelly Services as full-time observers who travel to classrooms daily. They see and evaluate first-hand how each substitute works.
  • Substitutes can receive further training in topics such as classroom management, bullying prevention, Exceptional Student Education, teaching technology and ethics.

Substitutes can also take advantage of courses that count toward a full teacher certification or Master’s degree.

Anybody interested in pursuing a path as a substitute teacher can learn more by clicking on this link for answers to frequently asked questions about Kelly Services, applying to be a substitute teacher in Hillsborough County, Kelly Services benefits and more. You can also learn more about Kelly Educational Staffing here.

Preparing for life as a substitute

Being a substitute presents its own set of challenges in addition to the ones that every teacher faces. Hillsborough Schools, along with Kelly Services, can help prospective substitute teachers navigate those challenges. But there is no substitute (pardon the expression) for experiencing the rigors of the classroom for yourself.

For advice how to succeed, especially in a high school teaching atmosphere, offers 5 tips for substitute teachers in Grade 9-12 classrooms.

More tips for teaching in Tampa job candidates

Our website has information about our award-winning schools with details about current opportunities, where and how to apply and many more details to help you prepare for a teaching career in Tampa. Click on the orange button on the right side of the screen to subscribe to our informative newsletter today.

Check out our other Teaching Job Search Tips, including: Virtual Interview Tips, Resume Writing Tips, Teaching Job Fit, and more on our website’s Teaching Job Tips archive.  

While you’re at the Teach in Tampa site, you can learn more about why we’re the ideal destination for great teachers like you. For instance, did you know that Hillsborough Schools made Forbes magazine’s 2019 list of the best workplaces for new college graduates? Or that Florida’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dakeyan Graham, inspires his students every day right here in Tampa at King High School as the Director of Instrumental Studies?

Do your preparation, polish up your resume, get interview-ready and apply now to be one of our next award-winning teachers or super substitutes in Hillsborough Schools in Fall 2020.

Best of luck to all candidates!

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