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When Paul Murray first retired, his wife Marilyn could see that playing golf was not enough for him. She knew he needed to be helping people, so she encouraged him to do something else. That’s when he became a teacher. But before he started working with children, Paul served his country. Joining the army in… Read more »

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Before he retired, Eduardo Almanza wanted to try something different. He had been working in the insurance industry after spending 37 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Aero-Medical Technician and he was looking for a change of pace. “I decided to become a substitute teacher on the suggestion of my wife,” Eduardo said…. Read more »

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  Need some ideas for Halloween activities? Check out these 5 Halloween classroom activities! Most of these games are low- to no-cost activities you can do with items you likely already have.   Monster Freeze Dance Play Halloween music while the kids dance around. When the music stops, the kids freeze. Those who don’t freeze… Read more »

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If you’re going on safari soon, Brenda Ross has some advice. “The important thing to know when going on safari is that you have to be able to run fast and climb a tree.” Brenda should know. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she has been on her fair share of safaris. “There have been… Read more »

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  The average student spends 187 days — more than one full school year — with substitute teachers throughout their K-12 education. Every day, approximately 274,000 classrooms are led by a substitute teacher. It’s no question that substitute teachers play a significant role in the education of our youth. Regardless, many administrators and staff report… Read more »

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  To Julia Feild, the best part of substitute teaching is making a difference in the lives of children. “I pray that each day I can reach out to at least one student that might be able to have his or her ‘light bulb’ turn on once they understand a concept or new idea,” Julia… Read more »

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When Ramona Hawkins goes on a substitute teaching assignment in the Kansas City, Kansas School District, most of the kids know who she is. That’s because she’s been substitute teaching for more than 20 years. “I have been a substitute for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools since August 1995,” Ramona said. “I love working with… Read more »

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  Jane Davis retired as a Teacher in Kansas City, KS USD 500 after 32 years of teaching. While she was a teacher she worked out at the local community college and met a lifetime friend at the gym, Lorene Jones. Jane and Lorene were both getting close to retirement and while they were walking… Read more »

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  It’s important for teachers to keep their skills sharp. Staying ahead of innovative teaching techniques is not only vital for your career, it improves the education of your students. There are a lot of terrific books out there to help you in the classroom. Here are 5 of our favorites:     The Freedom… Read more »

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  It doesn’t take long for people to form an opinion of you. That’s why making a good first impression is so crucial. This is especially true for substitute teachers. When school administrators, teachers, and staff gain a positive first impression of you, you are more likely to be asked back, leading to more consistent… Read more »