Several Valley school districts looking for substitute teachers

A substitute teacher job fair was held Wednesday and offered on-scene interviews

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – If having the flexibility to choose when and where you want to work sounds appealing, you may want to look into working as a substitute teacher.

Even teachers have sick days or need time off, and that’s why substitute teachers are so important.

Nine local school districts are looking for subs. On Wednesday, they held a job fair, and applicants got on-the-spot interviews. About 30 people showed up in the first hour of the job fair.

There are a few important requirements to become a substitute teacher.

You need to pass a background and drug tests. Candidates also need to have a bachelor’s degree, but it doesn’t have to be in education.  For education majors, it can be a good way of letting a school district know you’re serious about getting a job.

Cheryl McArthur, director of human resources and business operations at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, said those interested in becoming a substitute teacher need to apply to the Ohio Department of Education for a substitute teaching license.

“Once you get that license, you’ll work with our partners at Rachel Wixey and Associates to take a couple of background classes, just to give you some information on what’s needed in the classroom,” McArthur said.

That includes online tests and classes to become a certified substitute teachers. Subs also get to pick what school they want to be at and on what days.

“Some staff use a substitute folder, so it might not be a specific lesson, but a generic type of lesson, what they are working on and a little bit more conducive for someone coming in who is not used to teaching full-time,” said Alex Geordan, superintendent of Canfield Local Schools.

Substitute teachers make $75 a day, and some openings can be long-term.

If you missed today’s job fair, but you’re interested in being a substitute teacher, you can call the Mahoning County Educational Service Center at 330-533-8755.