January Sub of the Month: Emilie Reinertsen

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  Emilie Reinertsen has always enjoyed working with children. Before she was a substitute teacher, Emilie worked for the Children’s Division at the Department of Social Services in Missouri. “I was a Children’s Service Worker for 5 years,” Emilie said. “I worked with children and families providing protective services in instances of abuse and neglect,… Read more »

December Sub Spotlight: Lolita Richard

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Lolita Richard was working on her degree in Elementary Education when her instructor challenged her to write a children’s book. “She asked, ‘with the growth of technology how do we keep students interested in books?’ I did some hard thinking and all I could come up with was to write interesting books, and that’s exactly… Read more »

November Sub Spotlight: Paul Murray

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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 »

October Sub of the Month: Eduardo Almanza

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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 »

October Sub Spotlight: Brenda Ross

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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 »

September Sub of the Month: Julia Feild

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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 »

August Sub of the Month: Ramona Hawkins

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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 »

September Sub Spotlight: Jane Davis

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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 »

March Sub of the Month: Amber Hubbard

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Amber has been a substitute teacher with MHED for a little over a year.  She subs in Bonner, DeSoto, Eudora and KCK.  She subs in all grade levels but loves the middle school students as well as students with special needs. When her children were young, Amber decided to go back to college and get… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Tarence Maddox

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  When unsafe lead levels poisoned the water in Flint, MI, Tarence Maddox knew he needed to do something. So, he helped take 48,000 pounds of clean water to the beleaguered city. “I will never forget the looks on the residents’ faces who thanked us as we took water door to door,” Maddow said. “I… Read more »