During the 1976-77 school year, I subbed daily in a half-dozen school districts during the first semester.
Substitute teaching is not easy.
Whoever called first at five in the morning—that’s where I went.
I taught in Arcadia, Monrovia, San Dimas, Rowland and a few other school districts I’ve forgotten. Most of the time, I worked in Rowland Unified in La Puente, where I interned the previous year.
When teachers knew they were going to be out, they requested me in advance and my calendar quickly filled up.
After the Winter Break, I was called to sub at Romier Elementary for a fifth grade class.
Watch the video and discover what it is like from another substitute teacher more than thirty years later.
The teacher had a heart attack and was in the hospital. Two weeks later, the principal offered me a long-term position for the rest of the year. The regular teacher had died.
I thought I knew the reason. Was I going to be the next victim for these diabolical ten year olds?
I named them the class from Dante’s Inferno, and I worried that this would end in another Oscar or worse—I’d lose my teacher’s credential and might end in jail for murder and mayhem.
Continued in Substitute Teaching is not a “Tea Party” – Part 2
His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.
And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.
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