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School District in Desperate Need of Substitute Teachers

By ThisIsReno
Washoe County School District administration building. Image: Carla O'Day.

Washoe County School District needs more substitute teachers, and the situation is serious.

“[The district] has a serious shortage of guest teachers (substitute teachers) for the remainder of the school year,” according to district spokesperson Victoria Campbell.

“On average, WCSD uses more than 400 guest teachers daily with a shortage of approximately 80 guest teachers daily. The district is prepared to discuss the situation and provide information to the community and those interested in becoming a guest teacher.”

WCSD is holding interviews tomorrow, Tuesday, starting a 1 p.m.

The district is also in desperate need of school bus drivers.


When: Tuesday, April 9
Beginning at 1:00 p.m. – prior to and in conjunction with the WCSD Board of Trustees meeting

Where: Washoe County School District
              425 East Ninth Street



Scott Nicora April 14, 2019 - 3:30 pm

Washoe County School District respects Substitute Teachers about as much as the students. As far as a “severe shortage” no duh!

Maggie Hellman April 10, 2019 - 8:23 am

I am a substitute teacher who accepts daily assignments instead of long-term jobs for the reasons mentioned above. I will probably not work after this year. The pay is way too low for such a stressful job. As a retired teacher with an advanced degree, I have other opportunities which pay a lot of more while offering the same amount of flexibility. I really like the kids but I am worth more.

Kelly Smith April 9, 2019 - 10:35 pm

I am a long term substitute for Washoe County School District. Unfortunately I will probably not continue next year. The reason being is pay and hours worked. I put in a minimum of 10 hours a day staying after school for parent meetings, preparing the classroom for the following day, creating lesson plans, testing students and going to staff meetings. I am considered a teacher and am required to fulfill the same obligations. I make $12 an hour or a $90 flat rate pay, if I work an extended time I get a few dollar increase. I receive no classroom funds so I purchase items for art and other activities out of my own pocket. I receive no benefits and no overtime pay, which I’m usually in my classroom on weekends to prep and enter grades. Substitutes are required to do the same amount of work as a Teacher with no proper training, no incentives or proper pay. This could be why there is a shortage. I am required to be prepared for children with behavioral needs that we do not get trained on. I believe pay needs to be increased and hours subbing should go towards your licensing to become a teacher. The substitute system is actually taking advantage of people who really want to teach. The pay for Substitutes as well as Teacher Aids seriously needs to be revamped. I have a BA degree and student debt. Unfortunately I have to go back to school for another 2-3 years to become a teacher, when being a substitute is the same thing. Either way I’m losing money either on student debt or low pay as a sub. Maybe WCSD could partner with UNR to provide free college tuition for your teaching credential to all substitutes who already have a Bachelors but need the education requirements to teach, that would be a great incentive to be a sub while going to school.

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